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Action and Adventure

Book Cover - Little Explorers Let's Go Building Site

Little Explorers: Let’s Go Building Site

This book is fun! Readers will learn all about the different jobs, machines and materials that are used on a building site. A bonus to this book is the more than 30 flaps that readers can open, explore and learn in more detail about the object they are looking at.

Book Cover - The Traitor in the Game

Traitor in the Game

This fast-moving thriller is set in the world of online gaming and is the sequel to the Campbell’s first book, A Game of Life or Death.

Book Cover - The Case of the Vanishing Painting

The Case of the Vanishing Painting

A valuable painting disappears having left Galway in a guarded train carriage. Under suspicion is Tim and Deirdre’s father, the train’s guard, but the twins are certain that their father is not a thief. Setting out to solve the mystery of the vanishing painting, their friend Joe assists them on their mission and before long they are not only fighting to save the twins’ father’s reputation, but also fighting for their very lives …

Cover - Once Upon A Story Time

Once Upon A Storytime

Unicorns, castles, sweets and gingerbread, pirate ships and wicked witches – this book is teeming with classic storybook elements!

Book Cover - Shadowhall Academy - The Whispering Walls

Shadowhall Academy: The Whispering Walls

Set in the cold dark English countryside, Phil Hickes contribution to the boarding school genre brings a spooky twist and puzzling mystery for readers who like ghostly hauntings.

Book Cover - Peng and Spanners - Who Stole the Pizzas

Peng and Spanners: Who Stole the Pizzas?

Introducing Peng, a sarcastic and easily bored penguin, and Spanners, a clever cat with a toolbelt, a not-so-secret HQ, and a talent for invention. This graphic novel is filled with jokes and playfulness beginning with the front cover where a sticker declares ‘free pizza inside’. The characters argue about how messy that would be before Spanners points out the much smaller word ‘drawings’, meaning (sadly) no real pizza is on offer.

Issue 70 of Inis Magazine, cover by Mary Murphy

Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

Cover - Rainbowsaurus

Rainbowsaurus

A simple, fun, and engaging book with plenty of repetition, rhyme, and a variety of animal sounds that toddlers will undeniably enjoy hearing read aloud. Although not explicitly mentioned in the text, it is implied that the characters we meet on the first page are a family consisting of two dads and their three small children. Representation is important, and LGBTQ+ families will certainly appreciate the inclusion of a same-sex couple and their children in the story.

Book Cover - The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere

A Bronte Mettlestone Adventure: The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere

Skateboard enthusiast Oscar gets chatting to two fellow skaters who disclose (sheepishly) that they’ve heard of a secret world accessible from the skate park by using a mirror. Incredulity does not prevent Oscar from suddenly materialising in another dimension, and it is a hair-raising transition, as Oscar must summon all his athletic prowess to escape a giant silver wave that is about to engulf him.

Book Cover - Santarella

Santarella

Come on a Christmas adventure as Cinderella meets Santa Claus in this twist on the classic fairytale. Left at home to do chores as her sisters’ head to the prince’s ball, Cinderella comes face to face with Santa as he falls down the chimney and hurts his back. It’s Cinderella to the rescue, helping Santa deliver all the toys on Christmas Eve. But as Santa drops her off at the palace at the end of the night, Cinderella decides she wants to see the world instead.