Books for children

Walter And The No Need To Worry Suit by Rachel Bright (Harper Collins; €8.35)

is the gallant tale of a small rabbit who lives in a constant state of worry. W!hen he is selected for an event on sports day, his worries ascend to the worriest of worries. However his three best friends know what to do. With excellent, illustrations and an underlying sympathetic attitude to childish fears through zoomorphic characters, this will help banish any lurking gremlins. Suitable for age four and upwards.

Feathers In The Wind by Sally Grindley (Bloomsbury; €5.92). As their mother is a specialist vet whose work takes her around the world, and their father a wildlife photographer, Aesha and her brother Joe end up in many exotic places. In this book of the series they’re off to India where mum wants to investigate the declining numbers of vultures. Their visit coincides with the Kite Festival in Ahmedabad. Naturally the children want to be part of the thousands of kite flyers who have come from all over the world with magnificent, colourfully embellished kites. But there is something about these kites that creates a life-threatening situation for both the two children and the birds they want to protect. With almost audible dialogue and a blend of fun and danger. For animal lovers age eight and upwards.

Eleven Eleven by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury; €8.35 to be published Dec 11). The novel chronicles the lives and experiences of three young men during the last nine hours of the Second World War. Battle-hardened combatants find it difficult to resist a final settling of scores. The main thrust of this thrilling novel — the futility of war — is vividly portrayed through the actions and interaction of three sometimes puzzled and overwhelmed young men. Suitable for age 14 and upwards.

More in this Section

A towering achievement: Exploring Irish castles and beautiful buildings


Breaking Stories

HSE staff urged to attend 2-hour 'kindness' workshops

Theresa May to meet Sinn Féin and DUP at Downing St

Gardaí continue to question juvenile in connection with Offaly stabbing death

Taoiseach urged to correct Dáil record over Tánaiste's knowledge of McCabe attacks

Lifestyle

Making Cents: Black Friday is an opportunity - but be careful

Dishing out the chores

Quietly successful: Meet the man behind ECM Records

More From The Irish Examiner