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Hummingbird

Ornithology and anthropology, the wonders of biology and the beauty of story, meet in this gorgeously presented narrative about the hummingbird. Their incredible migration north and the joy they bring to the lives of people in Latin America, at sea in the Pacific, and those living in New York City provide the backdrop for understanding…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…

Illuminatlas

Step into a beautifully colourful journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. This inventive read will totally immerse you into a geography lesson with a difference. This third title in the series explores the world’s continents and reveals their hidden secrets through a magic coloured lens that illuminates…

Image & Imagination: Ideas and Inspiration for Teen Writers

The teenage years are a curious time for young writers: on the one hand, it is a time of creativity and having much to say, and on the other hand, there are so many rules and regulations for writing within a school system that they grow wary of getting it ‘wrong’. Image & Imagination is…

In Focus Forests: Wilderness, Wonders, Wildlife

In Focus Forests is an accessible and unique non-fiction book. Although there is a distinct lack of an overall introduction to the book, there is an impressive amount of interesting information here. Aside from the stories of trees and forests, there are facts on animals, history and science, as well as information on weather, geography,…

In Focus: Cities

This book is a gloriously colourful tour through some of the world’s most important cities. Taking a collaborative approach, ten illustrators take one location each to convey something of the geography, culture, and unique colour of each place. Whether it is the vibrant streets of New York or the sumptuous sunset-soaked skyline of Istanbul, the…

In Waves

This graphic novel interweaves the biographies of two historically significant surfers with the autobiographical narrative of the young contemporary protagonist, who also surfs. What it also depicts is the kind of reverence that the activity evokes. This aspect of the book offers an effectively researched history, combined with an emotional engagement with surfing. What the…

Incredible Journeys

In this beautifully presented hardback publication, real-life adventurer, Levison Wood, chronicles the fantastic feats of some of history’s most notable characters. From the first movements of Homo Erectus out of the continent of Africa, to the vast expeditions of Alexander the Great, onto the epic journeys of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Magellan, and all…

Irelandopedia: A Compendium of Maps, Facts and Knowledge

Take a tour of Ireland, county by county, in this marvellous compendium of maps, facts and knowledge. Fatti Burke's passion for map-making and Irish themes bursts forth from every gorgeously detailed double-page spread. John Burke has done his research, offering an interesting selection and immense range of facts. We find everything from national and local…

Irish Childhoods: Children’s Fiction and Irish History

In Irish Childhoods, Pádraic Whyte examines the complex interactions of twentieth-century Irish history with the representation of children in texts (both literary and filmic) set in that period. Whyte approaches his subject through a number of case studies, paying particular attention to contentious aspects of Irish history that have tended to be glossed over by writers…

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…

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

The perfect book for the young scientist in your life, this tells the story of the brave and bold Joan Procter, a pioneering female scientist who was the ‘reptile-whisperer’ of her time – a friend to lizards and crocodiles from a young age. The book takes us back to her early years, growing up with…

Journeys

Read your way around the world with some of history’s greatest story makers. Discover some amazing expeditions, including that of Nobu Shirase – who raced Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole – and Henry ‘Box’ Brown – a slave who posted himself to freedom. Recounting the stories of some of the bravest and most…

Let The Dice Decide: Roll the Dice to Create Picture and Word Mash-Ups

Freelancer illustrator Sophie Foster has created an action-packed fill-in book for drawing and doodle lovers, but with a twist – all creations are determined by the roll of a dice! Over 60 pages of creative ideas involving aliens, super villains, dragons, and misfits, invite you to design your own dog and uncover your future: the…

Life: The First Four Billion Years

From the author of Can we Save the Tiger?, Exploring Space, and the Kate Greenaway award-winning adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels, this book tells the story of the universe: how it began, how the Milky Way was formed and how Earth and the other planets that make up our galaxy came into being. Life, The First…

Looking after your Mental Health

If someone has broken their arm and it is covered with a plaster cast, it’s fairly obvious to everyone what is wrong. If someone suffers from a mental illness, this may be less easily identifiable. We live in a world full of stress. For teenagers there are many pressures which affect their quality of life…

LOTS

This sumptuous book is a ‘gathering of facts, thoughts and observations’ by the illustrator-author Marc Martin (A River, Templar Publishing, 2016 is a recent offering). The book is a festive blend of the best of Charley Harper’s ecological awareness and Miroslav Sasek’s penchant for mapped guidebooks. The information is divided geographically by cities and though…

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street: A collection of recipes to share

This picturebook is also a recipe book for young readers. It has a very slight narrative, in which the residents in the various flats in the titular house create a contribution to a shared meal in the garden. The residents of the house cook foods from around the world. Everyone chooses to cook a special…

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey is mad about monkeys, and by the end of this beautiful non-fiction book so will you be. Lovingly designed and illustrated, this encyclopaedia primer will introduce you to the most fascinating of our cousins from around the world and teach you how to tell them apart.   I have grown up watching David…

Malala/Iqbal

This stunningly illustrated, non-fiction picturebook from accomplished author-illustrator Jeanette Winter explores the lives of two brave Pakistani children: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Iqbal Masih, who during his short life campaigned against bonded labour. The two life-stories weave towards each other from opposite ends of the book, and are differentiated by one story…

Managing Your Money

This guidebook offers practical instructions on how to manage money, with information on how to budget and be a smart shopper, tips on how to earn money, and advice on how to shop online with safety and security. It is a sobering thought that modern grown-ups have made such a mess of the world economy…

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites is full to the brim with inspiring activities for young art historians and artists alike. In this art activity book author Helena Perez Garcia provides a brief introduction to Pre-Raphaelite art by exploring stand out themes and ideas used by the artists. She highlights leaders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement such…

Meet the… Ancient Greeks

Meet the… Ancient Greeks offers a beautifully quirky, yet authentic look into the Hellenes people. This book is a follow up to two previous titles Meet the… Ancient Egyptians and Meet the… Ancient Romans.  It was such a fun read whilst being exceptionally informative too! Loaded with information and facts, each page looks at different…

Mindfully Me Series

The Mindfully Me Series is a collection of three books that advocate positive mental health and well-being for children. Each book focuses on encouraging positive self-image and self-esteem for children aged four and upwards. Book 1 is called It’s Always There and focuses on the use of mindful breathing as a practical method that children…

Mirror Play: What am I?

Mirror Play is an invitation to engage. Each page has an abstract rotating shape. When combined with the mirror and rotated, these shapes transform into frogs, pandas, planes and more. Initially this seems like a simple book – there is no narrative to speak of, the illustrative style is bold and clear with lots of…

Mistéirí Aisteacha

Le blianta beaga anuas, tá Futa Fata tar éis cur go mór le méid agus le caighdeán an neamhfhicsin Ghaeilge atá ar fáil do dhaoine óga, agus cuireann an leabhar seo go mór le liosta neamhfhicsin an fhoilsitheora. Is aistriúchán ón mBéarla é, agus cuid den tsraith ‘Na 10 gcinn is measa’. Ag tús an…

Money in Sport

This information books is on of four titles in the series Ethics in Sport. The other three deal with performance enhancement, sportsmanship and sport and society respectively. These are physically robust books about topical and controversial issues. They fulfil all the requirements of the genre: table of contents, topics for discussion, glossary, end notes, bibliography and…

Mountains of the World

How are mountains made? Does the Yeti exist? Who is the world’s most famous mountaineer? Get ready for the answers to these and many more questions in Dieter Braun’s stylish celebration of the world’s mountains. From the Alps to the Andes, Everest to Uluru, this comprehensive exploration of some of the highest places on Earth,…

Muhammad Ali (Little People, Big Dreams)

Once, a little boy named Cassius Clay had his bicycle stolen. He was so angry. He wanted to confront the thief, but a police officer told him that before he did, he needed to learn how to fight. Soon, Cassius had taken up boxing. While he wasn’t the strongest boxer, he was the fastest and…

Music Legends: 40 Inspiring Icons

This stylish introduction to 40 icons charts a history of popular music from Elvis in the 1950s through to contemporary acts such as Arcade Fire and Beyonce. Attractively produced and well designed, this title is the fourth instalment in the ‘40 Inspiring Icons’ series (previous titles having focused on ‘Greek Gods & Heroes’, ‘Fantastic Footballers’…

My First Book of GAA

This cheerful board book introduces young readers to the very basics of gaelic football and hurling. Photos of equipment and athletes are shown on block-coloured backgrounds, with single word descriptions included to explain the pictures. We see helmets, hurleys, boots and balls. A team photo demonstrates the size of a GAA squad, while simple images…

My Little Book of Big Questions

This is a book about the big questions everyone asks at some stage in their lives: What will become of me? Is it possible to think of nothing? Why can’t I fly? Is it possible to feel too happy? Britta Teckentrup doesn’t answer the questions, but leafing through this attractive picturebook should encourage many interesting…

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

‘Discover why the natural world is worthy of your unending curiosity’ says the Editor’s Note in this gorgeous book, which will certainly satisfy the curiosity of all the family. The large format is packed with information on animals, plants and natural habitats and is beautifully illustrated. The book is organised into 67 Charts, most of…

Naturama

In this non-fiction book on wildlife, the author offers us an insight into the four seasons in Ireland and how our environment changes with them. Beginning with a brief history of each season as celebrated in ancient Ireland, Naturama talks us through the meteorological characteristics of spring, summer, autumn and winter (change in temperature and…

Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

Never Too Young! is filled with  fifty real-life stories about children throughout history, right up to the present day, who have rocked the boat, caused a stir, and inspired great change in the world. Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, Stevie Wonder, Pelé, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Watson are a few familiar names worth mentioning. Each…

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

Greta Thunberg is a sixteen-year-old girl from Sweden and a leading voice in the climate activism movement with her school strike initiative that is now in effect all over the world. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference is a collection of the speeches she has given during her school strikes, the UN…

Nose Knows: Wild Ways Animals Smell The World

This excellent guide to animals and their wonderful sense of smell shows an invisible world of all things nosey. Did you know that rats, dogs and pigs all use their noses to help humans? Or that an elephant has a sense of smell five times more developed than a human and is twice as sensitive…

Odd Science: Incredible Creatures

Creatures really are incredible, and maybe a bit odd. Like the penguins in Antarctica who propose with shiny rocks, or the Cockatoo birds in Australia that make their own drumsticks and jam with their musical mates. These Cockatoos would probably love to hang out with the Sharks who love Death Metal music. James Olstein has…

Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag

Is deacair le creidiúint nach cuid bhuan de thradisiúin na Nollag an bhí an t-amhrán “Oíche Chiúin” i gcónaí. Cé gur fonn tábhachtach é ag gach uile aifreann na Nollag, áfach, is óg an t-amhrán fós agus sa leabhar Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag, foghlaimímid faoi stair agus faoi chúlra suntasach an…

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Old Masters Rock is a valuable guide for parents and children to help make art enjoyable and accessible. Featuring fifty artworks ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, including Renaissance, Impressionist and Baroque works among others, it is a great starting point for the study of art. The introduction features useful tips on how…

Once Upon a Rhythm: The Story of Music

From the hums and stomps of African music to the strings of the classical orchestra and booms of speakers at rock and roll gigs, Once Upon a Rhythm traces the history of music through time and across nations. Most fittingly, James Cartee chooses rhyme to tell this musical tale, and makes of this picturebook a…

One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what life is like for children from around the world every day. Meet children from over 40 countries, exploring the differences and similarities between their daily lives. Over 24 hours, readers will follow a variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, learn and go about their everyday routine. One…

One Thousand Things

Fancy a new book for your coffee table? Are you fan of retro-modern design? Then One Thousand Things is the book for you. Oh, and if you happen to have a pre-schooler at home, they’ll love it too! A quick glance at the colourful pages of this gorgeous work of art shows it to be…

Operation Ouch! Medical Milestones and Crazy Cures

History traditionally focused on what were deemed great events – sometimes caricatured as the ‘maps and chaps’ approach. In recent decades, ‘history from below’ has gained in academic prestige, with everyday life and consideration of marginalised, under-documented groups being the focus. The huge popularity of the Horrible Histories series has shown the appeal of history-from-below…

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

Winner of the Bologna Ragazzi award in 2015, this amazing book is full of information and hints for outdoor activities to get even the most reluctant couch potato up and out. Part encyclopaedia, part instructional guide, it is written in plain, straightforward terms which will appeal to reluctant readers and fact aficionados alike. The writers…

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons

These days, it is important to examine examples from the past to define our heroes; the peacemakers, ‘tree-shakers’, rights activists. People of Peace contains forty great examples of men and women through history who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. From the early 1800s to the present day, each page features an…

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow is an activity book for budding gardeners with a simple low-stress approach to producing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Packed full of information and easily achievable activities, Plant, Sow, Make and Grow will tempt everyone to get outside and start growing a garden of their own. Opening with a handy guide…

Plantopedia

As colourful and fascinating as a wildflower meadow, this gem of a book introduces children to the variety, beauty and sheer quirkiness of the botanic world. Although fulfilling all of its credentials as an encyclopaedia, this text manages to go far beyond that, providing a vibrant celebration of the natural world. Crucial to the success…

Practical Ways to Teach Writing

This is an excellent reference book for any teacher looking at ways of supporting children’s writing of fiction. It would make an excellent companion book to those already familiar with David Wray’s ‘Writing Frames’, books he co-wrote with Maureen Lewis on scaffolding different genres of writing with children. This book is immediately accessible to the…

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Professor Astro Cat is back for another exciting adventure. This time he is embarking on a tour of the solar system with his friends. The reader is invited too, and Professor Astro Cat speaks directly to the child in big speech bubbles. Through advice and encouragement offered along the way, the reader is easily engaged.…

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure

In this book Professor Astro Cat takes us with him and his pet mouse on a fascinating atomic adventure into the world of physics. From gravity to molecules to nuclear physics this is a stimulating non-fiction book for anyone interested in the world we live in, especially any young scientists fascinated by facts and knowledge.…

Pug-a-Doodle-Do!

Pug-a-Doodle-Do! is a doodle and activity book with a difference, full of drawing and writing adventures inspired by the wacky world of Reeve and McIntyre who have previously brought us the best-selling fiction titles Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, Pugs of the Frozen North, and Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. The book contains…

Raise the Flag

In the right hands, a book on flags can be a gateway into appreciating history, understanding geography, celebrating pageantry, and encountering national diversity – and all of these benefits are vividly and passionately delivered in this text. From the Jolly Rogers and Calico Jacks of pirate ships, through the celestial imagery of Asian emblems, to…

Record-Breaking Animals

One of five titles available in the Infographic Top 10 series from Wayland, this book is a visual feast of information in the form of fact, comparison and explanation. A contents page, index and glossary with references to extend reading are essentials in books of this sort and this one does not disappoint. But this…

Red Rover, Red Rover!: Games from an Irish Childhood (That You Can Teach Your Kids)

Remember knocking on a friend’s door and asking if they can come out to play? Remember hours upon hours spent outside playing Tip the Can, Donkey, and Conkers? Or the endless entertainment of playing Dots and Boxes in the back of a homework journal? If you do, then this charming guide to childhood games will…

Romans (Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders)

This book, along a volume on the Egyptians, marks the beginning of Tony Robinson’s new series about history for children. The ‘Weird World of Wonders’ features a cast of characters known as the ‘Curiosity Crew’, who hover around the pages of this book offering up comments on the pictures and details given about the Roman…

Science is Magic

Steve Mould, the physicist, comedian and popular YouTuber, brings his expertise and humour to a new book which demystifies the magic of magic tricks. In Science is Magic, not only is the science behind the impressive magic tricks explained, but Steve also teaches readers how to re-create these awe-inspiring tricks themselves, using common household items.…

Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes

Dara Ó Briain, the intelligent and brilliantly funny author of Beyond the Sky, has written a second book for children called Secret Science. In Beyond the Sky, the mysteries of the universe were explored. In Secret Science, Ó Briain turns his attention to the amazing world of our everyday lives. The book explains all of…

Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

This book has been published to coincide with the British Museum exhibition ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’. It is the story of two magnificent ancient cities, Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which once stood at the mouth of the river Nile. The cities were thriving, busy ports until catastrophe struck causing them to sink under the sea.…

Secret World of Butterflies

This is a colourful and informative book on the world of butterflies, and snippets of information such as ‘The first poo a butterfly ever does is red and sloppy’ is sure to catch young readers’ attention. It is nicely illustrated with some striking images showing the wide variety of shapes and colours that butterflies have.…

Self-Destructing Science: Space

Proving that there is an exception to every rule, this book truly can be judged by its cover! As the title suggests, readers can cut, stick, rip, fold and colour their way through this fact-filled activity book about outer space. Even the front page is designed to be cut out and framed! Quirky illustrations in…

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to become Ireland’s First Astronaut

Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family holiday to the United States. From that moment on she decided she wanted to be an astronaut and become the first Irish person in space. Shooting for the Stars is Norah’s story, in which she tells us all about her life,…

Sir Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Pets

This is one in a series of eight by actor, comedian, TV presenter and political activist Sir Tony Robinson, who will be best known to many of us as the hapless Baldrick in the BBC’s period British sitcom, Blackadder. Other titles in this series are: the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, British, Inventions and the two World…

Skyward (The Story of Female Pilots in WWII)

Hazel has been raised in San Francisco, Marlene, in the English countryside and Lilya spent her childhood in a small town in Russia. Separated by thousands of kilometers, those three young women have a passion in common: planes, and the sense of freedom that flying allows. Not easy if you were born at a time…

So You Think You’ve Got it Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt

Filled with facts on daily life in Ancient Egypt, Chae Strathie’s book is an entertaining and informative introduction to what life was like in the time of the pharaohs. The objective of the book is to humorously demonstrate to child readers the triviality of their modern-day problems, and this is achieved by explaining the hardships…

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds is a non-fiction book that introduces children to a diverse range of bird species in their natural habitats through sound, text and illustration. Ten different environ-ments as diverse as the Sonoran Desert, the Himalayas and the city are explored here through Robert Hunter’s illustrated backdrops inhabited by the species…

Sport and Society

This information book is the second of four titles in the series Ethics in Sport. The other three deal with performance enhancement, money in sport and sportsmanship, respectively.  These are physically robust books about topical and controversial issues. They fulfil all the requirements of the genre: table of contents, topics for discussion, glossary, end notes,…

Sports Are Fantastic Fun

Sports Are Fantastic Fun is an action-packed book inviting readers to be informed about, and to celebrate physical activity. The book begins right on the cover where a boisterous Rhinoceros is pole-vaulting in front of a bright red backdrop. It’s lovely to see these beautiful creatures (that are endangered) taking centre-stage. In real life, they…

Spot the Mistake: Journeys of Discovery

Yet another great book from Wide Eyed Editions, Spot the Mistake: Journeys of Discovery is a big, bright and welcome twist on the usual historical books. Ten famous explorations are detailed in the book, including Christopher Columbus’s journey to the New World, Marco Polo’s expedition to the East, and Armstrong and Aldrin’s trip to the…

SpunOut.ie Survival Guide to Life

The SpunOut.ie Survival Guide to Life offers a comprehensive guide to various aspects of life that affect young people as they enter adulthood. It is a hard copy version of some of the information on the website spunout.ie which is aimed at 16-25 year olds. The guide covers topics such as education, mental health and…

Spycraft: How To Be The Best Secret Agent Ever

From start to finish, this book contains everything you need to know about the thrilling world of espionage. How to set up a spy ring, secret hiding places, code-cracking, making and using invisible ink, becoming an expert at surveillance; it is jammed with tips, tricks, advice and instruction. This manual is both practical and fun!…

Step Inside Homes Through History

This light and pretty book introduces the reader to seven types of housing beginning with the Middle Ages and ending with the present day. The eras have loose parameters and simplified explanations, but there are a lot of interesting things to discover! In describing each home, the author and illustrator offer facts on not just…

Sticker Shape Create

Illustrator Thereza Rowe has created a beautifully bright and cheerful activity sticker book that inspires creativity. Children can create 29 scenes using over 1,500 stickers and are encouraged to add their own imaginative details using colouring pencils or pens. Each double-page spread provides step-by-step instructions to create the images and a background scene to complete.…

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Any Dragons is an extremely important collection about remarkable, sensitive and emotional men. Men who felt so much that they were driven to overcome a myriad of obstacles in order to reach their goals or to…

Strange But True: 10 Of The World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained

This beautiful book is fun, captivating and, in my opinion, one to be shared! An accessible read which lends itself to being either consumed cover to cover in one sitting or used with a ‘dip in and out’ approach. Hulick’s writing invites readers to participate in the story being told by asking questions that can…

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality

At the occasion of the centenary of women’s vote in the United Kingdom, David Robert’s prose and illustrations come together beautifully in a tribute to the women and men who participated in the struggle. Starting in 1832 with the first Great People’s Reform Act, Suffragette records chronologically the important events leading up to Universal Suffrage.…

The Awesome Body Book

Adam Frost has been described as one of the UK’s most exciting new children’ s writers. He is also a worthy winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for best book with facts 2016 for his title The Epic Book of Epicness. When you look at The Awesome Body Book it is not difficult to…

The Big Book of Beasts

Zommer’s book is a treasure-trove of beastly facts. Have you ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon or why tigers have stripes? This book will give you all the answers. Not only are the illustrations detailed, showing such things as animal footprints and fur patterns, but they are also incredibly expressive, imaginatively showing the…

The Big Book of Bugs

Beetles, ladybirds, butterflies, termites, bees and dragonflies are but a few of the creepy-crawlies that spill from the pages of The Big Book of Bugs. This gorgeous non-fiction first guide to flying, stinging and wriggling things explores their natural environments and answers any bug questions young kids might have. Those range from practical interrogations like…

The Bigger Picture: Women Who Changed the Art World

This is the best art and artist book ever! It starts in alphabetical order examining amazing female artists individually and in depth. Each entry has a small blurb about the artist in bold, a quick way to get introduced to our dynamic female artists. As the book continues there are fun and quirky pages sprinkled…

The Boole Sisters

The story of the Boole sisters is told creatively from start to finish in this instalment of the In a Nutshell series. A delight for young readers, the lives of the four daughters of the famous George Boole are brought vividly to life. The historical evidence and facts of their influential lives are intertwined with…

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs

When Ken Nedimyer was little, Nasa was just sending its first rockets, and then men, in to space. But while the whole world looked to the unknown realms of space for inspiration, Ken was far more interested in the unknown here on Earth – in the ocean. As a young man he collected hundreds of…

The Clue is in the Poo (And Other Stuff Too)

The Clue is in the Poo is all about making factual things fun. From the intriguing title to the characterful animals that fill its pages, it is packed with fascinating, funny facts about the natural world that you can discover through the animal droppings, tracks and other traces that are left behind. Each spread has…

The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World

There is something for everyone in this colourful, well-designed book: adventure, danger, discovery, intrigue and more! From ancient times to present day, colour has shaped our perceptions and engagement with the world and drawing on history, chemistry, sociology and economics, Gifford tells the story of how colours we take for granted today came into being.…

The Confidence Code for Girls

The Confidence Code for Girls is based on the idea that girls can do anything – all they need is confidence. But confidence can be hard to come by, especially in a world that still has very fixed opinions on what girls can and cannot, should and should not do. This is where the Code…

The Dictionary of Difficult Words

For any reader ebullient about words this book is a ripsnorter. Packed with four hundred unusual words from ‘absquatulate’ to ‘zygodactyl’ and everything in between, it’s sure to appeal to the little abecedarian in your life. Lexicographer Jane Solomon has amassed a smorgasbord of words both frabjous and blithesome that are fun to say and…

The Great Fire of London

This strikingly beautiful historical picturebook has been published to commemorate the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the great fire of London of 1666. It is a very fitting tribute to that event. It is a model of how to present facts to children in a clear, logical, well-written but always engaging style. It uses…

The Horror Handbook

If you are a fan of ghosts, ghouls, vampires werewolves and witches, The Horror Handbook will give you the inside story of where many of them come from, where they go and what makes them tick. The Horror Handbook is meant as a fun collection of anecdotes, illustrated in a light-hearted and light-handed way by…

The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth

With her famous blend of interesting facts supported by intricate illustrations, Rachel Ignotofsky returns with another glorious work of art. This time she tackles planet Earth, its ecosystems and what we can do to protect it. Learning about how our ecosystems interact is essential in order to understand how humans are destroying it, intentionally or…

The Industrial Revolution (A Graphic Novel)

This graphic history represents a number of positive values, most especially the value of mass migrations of peoples from country to city, and from countries to new continents. These facilitate and necessitate industrialisation. It places the highest value on individual inventiveness and the ceaseless quest for wealth. It ends by claiming that huge populations are…

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook

The name Kew Gardens is synonymous with excellence in horticulture, and in this book that quality shines through. The concept of a cookbook that not only encourages time in the kitchen, but moreover makes children aware of how to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, is one that will inspire both children and their…

The Nature Timeline Wallbook

This is a volume for diehard science fans, which combines a densely detailed 2-metre timeline with a newspaper style book chronicling the rise and progress of scientific discovery across the ages. Painstakingly researched, the book bears the hallmark of its Natural History Museum origins with a heavy emphasis on the theory of evolution and its…

The People Awards

Forget about the Oscars, the Meteors and the Pulitzer prize, the People Awards are the ones to win this year! Drawing from all ages and walks of life, Lily Murray presents us with a colourful celebration of people who have excelled in their fields and transformed society around the globe. From Mozart to Rosa Parks,…

The Picture Atlas: An Incredible Journey

Little explorers, ready yourselves for global travels! From the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, through continents, oceans and peoples, this book is a visual feast of maps filled with indigenous flora and fauna. The picture atlas explains not only nuggets of national culture and history, but also species that are particular to an area, which is…

The Prehistoric Masters of Literature

Liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well, get ready for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Dinosaurs’. And ‘Romeo and Juliet and Dinosaurs’. And ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Dinosaurs’. This weirdly wonderful ode to classic literature is the latest entry in the Jurassic Classics series, which uses dinosaurs, puns and hilarious illustrations to make potentially…

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

‘What have dormice got to do with the Romans?’ you might well ask. Not a whole lot but on the first end page we are greeted by Dormeo Augustus, a gladiator dormouse, who will become our guide to the history of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Dormeo acts as a link between…

The Senses

This enthralling graphic novel is a follow-up to Neurocomic, with which it shares many traits. Primarily, they demonstrate that the graphic format is ideal for making complex biological systems comprehensible to all. Both catapult protagonists on journeys through the human body, narrated via sequential monochrome panels with or without text. The hand-drawn imagery is hallucinatory…

The Story of Michael Collins

In a series of short, clearly-headed chapters, this biography tells of the short life of Michael Collins from his West Cork boyhood to his tragic death. It is sensitive to the complexity of history. The character of Collins is very vividly portrayed as are those of some of the other characters. The late Iosold Ní…

The Story of People: A First Book About Humankind

Condensing the entirety of human history into such a slim volume to make it accessible to children is an amazing feat, but one which the writers and illustrator have managed with aplomb. The scope of the book is necessarily broad, as it covers from the dawn of time to the present day, and is the…

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