Books for kids...

* School Gremlins by Adam and Charlotte Guillian (Egmont, €8.20) 
* Winnie-The -Pooh The Great Heffalump Hunt by Giles Andreae (Egmont, €8.20) 
* Taking Flight by Adam Hancher (Frances Lincoln, €14.00 HB) 

School Gremlins by Adam and Charlotte Guillian (Egmont, €8.20) 

This is a fun board book about gremlins who latch on to kids on their way to school. 

The lift-flaps show the disruption and mischief they cause both outdoors in the school play area and worse still in the classroom.

There is no chance of a peaceful read in the school library as books are thrown noisily around. 

Opening your lunchbox to see two gremlin’s eyes peering out at you is as bad as it gets. 

It takes a stroke of childish genius to harness the gremlins as characters in a puppet show. All ends well in a story of chaos that children aged four will love.

Winnie-The -Pooh The Great Heffalump Hunt by Giles Andreae (Egmont, €8.20) 

The story needs no introduction as charming mates Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet set out to catch a Heffalump. 

They decide that their trap would have to have honey as bait, but of course when Piglet returns to see what they have caught, somebody — just somebody — has scoffed all the honey. 

This magical book will enchant all ages, both in story and illustrations. 

Suitable for age five and upwards.

Taking Flight by Adam Hancher (Frances Lincoln, €14.00 HB) 

The brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first inspiration was their father’s present to them of a toy flying machine. Both decided then that flying would be their ultimate goal. 

On route they built paper-folding machines, printing presses and superb bicycles. Building a glider was the next logical step which in the windy Kitty Hawk sand-dunes proved a resounding success. 

Their father had requested that if they succeeded in flying, that both brothers would not be in the same aircraft, as the consequences of an accident to both would be devastating.

His fears were justified when Orville’s passenger was killed as their craft came down. 

On recovering, Orville joined his brother Wilbur in France, and when they finally secured contracts to sell their machines to the American military, their fame and fortune was guaranteed. 

Hancher’s illustrations, warm and energetic, capture the determination of the brothers and the spirit of the time. 

Suitable for age eight and upwards.

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