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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Nobody likes Alexander the mouse. When people catch sight of him they shriek with disgust, chase him with brooms and try to capture him with mousetraps. All poor little Alexander wants is a few crumbs to eat. One day Alexander meets Willy, a smug little clockwork mouse who is loved and cuddled every single night…

Billy Button, Telegram Boy

It can be difficult for today’s tech-savvy children to imagine a world without smartphones, let alone a time before any telephones or computers. Sally Nicholl’s book does a good job of explaining how telegrams work to a young, modern audience. I’ll admit that reading the story prompted a half hour on YouTube investigating telegraph systems…

Bruno and the Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Bruno is a little boy who desperately wants his own guinea pig. Titch is a guinea pig who dreams of having a Big Person of his own. The story of how they find each other and the adventures they share is beautifully written and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Dempsey renders her pictures in pastels with…

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Sisters Greta and Gracie are as different as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. As the older, wiser, more worldly bunny, Greta has things all figured out and she’s not afraid to tell Gracie what’s what. But as Greta belittles Gracie’s slowness, quietness and smallness throughout, the younger bunny takes it all in her stride…

Hubert

Díríonn an leabhar Hubert le Caitríona Hastings ar an gcúnamh a thugann cairdeas dúinn in aghaidh na ndeacrachtaí a chuirtear romhainn agus muid ag fás fós. Agus an deilgneach air, buaileann Gearaí le tarbhmadra darb ainm Hubert. Téann Hubert in éineacht le Gearaí chuig gach áit, cé nach bhfuil sé feicthe ag aon duine eile. …

Red Cat Blue Cat

Red Cat and Blue Cat are very different. They live at opposite ends of the house and whenever their paths cross, a hissing, scratching, brawl ensues. However, both felines harbour a secret… Blue Cat is envious of Red Cat’s bounce and lightness of foot, but Red Cat wishes he had Blue Cat’s wily knack of…

The Dodo Made Me Do It

Danny is not looking forward to yet another boring summer. As much as he loves his gran, nothing ever happens in the small Scottish village of Kisoussie where she lives. He dreams of having adventures like his comic book hero Zac Hanaway, but instead he will be stuck in the middle of nowhere with only…

The Great Telephone Mix Up

Sally Nicholls’ picturebook is a warm and simple story. Set in a village and based on true events, it exposes the lives of the villagers to the reader and the listener. We learn that they (and we) all live very separate lives today and that we may be losing our community spirit. In the village,…

Tiger in a Tutu

Max is a Parisian zoo tiger with an unbridled passion for all things ballet. His self-esteem is knocked, though, when it transpires that the citizens of Paris would rather not be audience to an eight-foot-tall escaped tiger leaping and plié-ing his way across the city. What’s a tiger to do with all of his balletic…


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