Reviewer:

Joanna Geoghegan

Book Cover – The Destroyer of Worlds: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb

The Destroyer of Worlds: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb

The latest in the In A Nutshell series acts as a poignant retelling of the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer for child readers. Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist from the United States of America, was the director of the Manhattan Project during World War II and known by many as ‘the father of the atomic bomb’.

Book Cover - A Bed of Stars

A Bed of Stars

The universe is far bigger than anyone can imagine, which can be quite a scary thought. For the little boy in this story, the vast darkness of the night sky is so overwhelming that he finds it hard to sleep. One day, the little boy’s father takes him camping in the desert to meet all the wonderful plants, animals and stars that share his universe.

My Dog Hen - book cover

My Dog, Hen

Hen, an excitable little dog with an appetite for mischief, is adopted from the shelter by a young boy and his parents. Hen loves to eat the curtains, the cushions, and even his new toys - until Grandma gives him something special. Hen’s story carries a wonderful lesson about finding the value in things that are pre-owned. Mackintosh’s endearing new picturebook will resonate with any family that has ever adopted a pet from a rescue shelter, and demonstrates the importance of showing compassion, kindness and patience to animals.

Sherlock Bones and The Case Of The Crown Jewels

Sherlock Bones and The Case Of The Crown Jewels

Has someone stolen your most prized tiara? Taken your favourite pocket watch? Made off with all your carrots? If so, then Sherlock Bones and Dr Jane Catson are here to save the day. Join in and help Bones and Catson uncover who has stolen the crown jewels from Kennel Palace.

Book Cover - It's the End of the World and I'm in my Bathing Suit

It's the End of the World and I'm in my Bathing Suit

It’s the middle of summer and Eddie Gordon Holloway can’t wait to go to the party of the year. The only problem? Eddie hasn’t done his laundry all summer, and when his mom finds out, she’s not too happy. Eddie’s halfway through washing his clothes when the power goes out. Is it just a power cut, or is it a sign of something more serious?

Book Cover - ABC Ireland!

ABC Ireland!

Directed at younger readers, Aoife Dooley’s wonderful new boardbook, ABC Ireland!, teaches young children how to say the alphabet in an innovative and entertaining way. Dooley takes children through their ABCs by showing them examples of each letter within an Irish context.

Book Cover - A Field Guide to Leaflings

A Field Guide to Leaflings

Who protects our trees? Who takes care of their blossoms? Who looks after all the animals that call the trees their home? The leaflings, of course! In A Field Guide to Leaflings, Niamh Sharkey and Owen Churcher (and their leafling friend, Flann) take the reader on an adventure through nature, introducing us to different types of trees – and their leaflings – all over the world.

Book Cover - Permanent Record

Permanent Record

Pablo Neruda Rind is a twenty-year-old college dropout who spends his nights working in a New York bodega, trying to pay off the debt from his credit card and student loans. Nineteen-year-old Leanna Smart, meanwhile, is a high-flying musician and movie star who owns a multi-million dollar cosmetics company. When Leanna wanders into Pablo’s workplace at five o’clock in the morning, the sparks begin to fly – but of course, dating an A-list celebrity comes with its own set of problems.

Book Cover - My Friend Earth

My Friend Earth

Within the pages of this book, the narrator tells the story of their friend, Earth, from the moment she wakes up from a winter nap, to her next naptime the following winter. Earth encounters many animals, from the miniscule to the mountainous, for whom she acts as a guide and protector, returning lost baby zebras to their mothers and taking care of a vast number of sea creatures.

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindness

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindness

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses is a beautiful story about a mother and her three children who are forced to flee from a war-torn country. Along the way, they are met with many people on their journey who show them great kindness, such as providing them with food and shelter, and providing the children with a good education and friendship. Kurman’s wonderful story speaks to the importance of empathy, understanding and generosity in ensuring the safety and happiness of refugees.