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Dearbhla Sheridan

Book Cover - The Big Dreaming

The Big Dreaming

Big Bear and Little Bear are getting ready for their hibernation, but this is Little Bear’s first long winter sleep. He is worried that he might run out of dreams and is anxious about what could happen then. So he sets off to look for more dreams, and along the way meets up with Squirrel, Rabbit, and Wolf, who share their dreams with him.

Book Cover - It's Too Dark, Puffling

It's Too Dark, Puffling

Erika McGann and Gerry Daly bring us back to Skellig Michael with this addition to the adventures of Puffling, as she comes across a smaller puffling, all by himself and afraid of the dark. Of course Puffling wants to help, and together they go on an adventure across the island, meeting many of the inhabitants. On each occasion they share the reasons they aren’t scared of the dark, but none of this convinces the little puffling, who repeats his fear that ‘it’s too dark in the dark’.

Book Cover - My Momma Zo

My Momma Zo

Families are the whole world to young children. In My Momma Zo, one child introduces us to her family: her parents, her brother, herself and her dog. We learn a little bit of information about each member of the family and get to see where they live and what they like to do. Molly also shares the story of how her Momma Zo used to be called Daddy, and how she was unhappy back then. Since becoming Momma Zo she is much happier, and so is everyone else too.

Book Cover - Dick the Delightful Duck

Dick the Delightful Duck

Dick the duck is a delight! He is always polite, friendly, caring and thoughtful. Everyone thinks he is wonderful to be around. Until the day that he isn’t. He is suddenly grumpy and cranky, cross and just plain not nice. He is having a very bad day. But Dick’s friends know just what to do: they act like Dick in a delightful mood and help him feel more himself once again.

Book Cover - You Can Do It, Rosie!

You Can Do It, Rosie!

Stories about children and their dogs usually feature dogs with boundless energy, whether they are getting into trouble or saving the day. In Browne’s book we get to meet a different side of the canine world, as we are introduced to an ageing dog, Rosie. Getting old might bring problems, but as Rosie shows, it doesn’t lessen the adventure. It merely changes it a little.

Leila the perfect witch - book cover

Leila the Perfect Witch

Leila Wayward is a young witch on her way to greatness. Everything she tries she succeeds at, from flying to shape-shifting, from conjuring to pumpkin carving. She is looking forward at taking part in the Magnificent Witchy Cake Off. Until she discovers that baking is not one of her talents. Maybe Leila is not the perfect witch she thought she was!

Book Cover - The World’s Most Pointless Animals: Or are they?

The World’s Most Pointless Animals: Or are they?

Full of bright and engaging illustrations, this is a book that makes you want to pick it up and take a look through. And after the pictures have grabbed your attention there are the weird and wonderful animal facts to keep your interest. The humour will keep children entertained, but it also highlights just how varied the natural world and all its inhabitants are.

Book Cover - Take The Lead

Take the Lead

Many children would love a dog to join their family, and for those parents thinking about taking that step, Take the Lead is a fun and informative introduction to canines. With bright colours, and a blend of illustrations and photographs this non-fiction title is attractively laid out and is full of information that parents and children can read together. Browne covers all aspects of life with a dog, from figuring out if your family is ready for a dog, through picking a dog and training, as well as more general information about the history of dogs and people.

Book Cover - Savage Her Reply

Savage Her Reply

As a child, I loved to read stories from all over the world, but those based on Irish mythology were the ones I liked best. Although I was familiar with the story of the Children of Lir, it was never one of my favourites and I haven’t revisited the tale in years.