Theme:

Animals and nature

Book Cover - Little Album of Ireland

The Little Album of Ireland

This non-fiction picturebook captures life in modern Ireland, giving snapshots of events and places all over the island. The selection of the scenes themselves is a great strength of this charming book; each one is carefully chosen so that we can all relate to them. Whether we’ve visited the exact place depicted, such as the English Market in Cork, or one similar, the text carefully avoids being too particular or specific so as not to alienate.

Book Cover - That’s Not A Hippopotamous

That’s Not A Hippopotamous

From New Zealand, Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis are at the top of their game with a new offering from Gecko Press.

That’s NOT a HIPPOPOTAMUS tells the story of a class of children and their teacher on a visit to Don’s Safari. The hippopotamus has gone missing and the children notice. A hunt ensues and despite many choruses of: ‘I got ‘im Miss/I got ‘im Miss/I KNEW that I could spot ‘im, Miss!’ … the hippo remains elusive. (Mind you, he is featured on every spread if you are sharp-sighted enough to spot him!)

Book Cover - Because of an Acorn

Because of an Acorn

The cycle of nature is beautifully and imaginatively traced from an acorn to a tree, to a forest, and a lot more in between in this attractive information picturebook. The process is shown in clear images with a minimum of words, and readers will find reason to pause at each page and look closely at what has happened.

Book Cover - Bicycling To The Moon

Bicycling To The Moon

Timo Parvela is a teacher and a best-selling author in Finland where many of his books have been adapted for both the big and the small screen. The main characters in Bicycling To The Moon have their own TV show and the author does regular school tours where their adventures are read and discussed.

Book Cover - The Incomplete Book of Dragons

The Incomplete Book of Dragons

In an encyclopaedia like no other, Cressida Cowell gives an insight into her very own world where she categorizes dragons great and small from the minuscule Ziggerastica to the monstrous Leviathorgans, from the short-sighted Bog Spotted Gormless to the silly Two-Headed Gormatron. The book is filled with quirky facts and characteristics for each creature the reader would have met in the How To Train Your Dragon series. It comes complete with maps, collector cards and poster.

Book Cover - The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock

The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock

Based on a fable by Rumi and retold by Fereshteh Sarlak, star billing for this picturebook goes to the illustrator, internationally renowned Iranian artist Firoozeh Golmohammadi. Her luminous images lifted Jane Goodall’s book, Prayer for World Peace, out of the ordinary, and here we have another beautiful object in this picturebook.

Book Cover - Pigín of Howth

Pigín of Howth

A recent winner in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Pigín of Howth is a charming picturebook containing three stand-alone stories about a delightful, fun-loving pig, and his adventures around Howth, a busy fishing village in North Dublin. The character of Pigín was created by 82-year-old Kathleen Watkins after she realised how popular the little pig was with her five grandchildren, all of whom make a guest appearance in the book.

Book Cover - How Long is a Whale?

How Long is a Whale?

How Long Is A Whale? is a unique counting book, which starts with the length of ten sea otters and uses them as a comparison for groups of other aquatic animals, counting down to one humpback whale. The author, Alison Limentani, then cleverly uses the humpback whale as a measure for other, larger sea animals.

Book Cover - Remarkable Creatures: A Guide to Some of Ireland’s Disappearing Animals

Remarkable Creatures: A Guide to Some of Ireland’s Disappearing Animals

Remarkable Creatures is a visually stunning and informative guidebook that teaches young readers about the endangered creatures of Ireland and suggests actions they can take to help protect them. Arranged in a scrapbook style, the book takes a multi-faceted approach to teaching, with vibrant illustrations, bite-sized facts, and a variety of activities included to help readers become active players in the conservation of creatures such as the Great Yellow Bumblebee, and the Barn Owl.

Book Cover - Our Dog Benji

Our Dog Benji

Anyone who has ever owned a dog will know that dogs will eat practically anything – from bones to biscuits, from Brussels sprouts to buttercups, from pickles to polenta – if it looks in any way edible; they will, at the very least, give it a lick. Conversely, anyone who has ever cared for a child will know that, when it comes to food, kids are a little harder to please.