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A Planet Full of Plastic

A Planet Full of Plastic is a factual picturebook, written and illustrated by Neal Layton. It tells the story of plastic, what it is used for, why it became so pervasive, the problems that now exist, and some of the solutions that have been devised to address those problems. The word count and the detail…

Captain Green and the Plastic Scene

This picturebook, by Galway author Evelyn Bookless, has a very clear message: our oceans and animals are in trouble and only we can fix this. Captain Green, an environmentally conscious caped crusader, helps to get a number of marine friends out of danger. He soon realises that there is a serious problem. The amount of…

Caterpillar and Bean

This new picturebook is the fourth in Walker’s Science Storybook series. Described as a ‘science storybook about growing’, it introduces the life cycle of the bean plant and the butterfly to very young readers. The main text and illustrations describe the life cycles in a storytelling format; additional facts are provided in the form of…

James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend is the latest instalment of Poolbeg’s In a Nutshell series. The illustrated paperback describes the life and career of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Andrew O’Connor’s text provides a very clear overview of the key moments in the life of James Joyce. The reader is brought on a journey, which includes…

Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff

Close friends Mark (a boy) and Shark (a shark) have set up a new business. Their areas of expertise: detectiving and stuff.  While Mark enthusiastically awaits his first client, an angry polar bear darkens their doorstep, requesting help with… stuff.  Join this human/predatory-fish duo as they encounter feuding ice-cream van owners, feral toasters and a…

Secret Agent Elephant

Secret Agent Elephant is a fun, silly and lively picturebook about… well the title says it all really. Elephant wants to be a secret agent, but first of all, some training must be completed. After some questionable test results, Elephant is sent on a top-secret mission, with hilarious consequences. There are jokes a-plenty in this…

The Go-Away Bird

This is picturebook legend Julia Donaldson’s latest rhyming text for young children and her first partnership with illustrator Catherine Rayner. The Go-Away Bird just wants to be left alone. So, as a colourful array of feathered neighbours drop by her nest to say hello, they each are sent on their way with a very honest…

The Usborne Book of Night Time

The Usborne Book of Night Time is a wonderfully detailed picturebook with magical illustrations by Bonnie Pang. Interesting facts and witty speech bubbles are written by Laura Cowan. Each double-page spread visually describes a different place that is ‘awake’ at night time: factories, transport depots and ports that are as busy at night as during…

Together: Animal Partnerships in the Wild

Together: Animal Partnerships in the Wild is a hardback picturebook that takes the reader through examples of cooperative relationships in the animal kingdom. The stylised illustrations follow a flock of cranes, flying across every page of the book. As they migrate, the cranes fly over a variety of different animal partnerships. Written by Isabel Otter,…

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