Books for children

The Great Granny Gang by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins; €15.40 HB) tells the tale of a bunch of grannies whose expertise in many fields makes the world a better place.

Broken chimney? No problem. Mind your pet crocodile? Judith Pugh is your woman. The grannies know how to strike terror. Beautifully illustrated and told, this is a big book of fun, particularly for grannies to enjoy with grandchildren age four and upwards.

Action Dogs Ocean Peril by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, illustrated by Martin Chatterton (Usborne; €5.92) is a laugh aloud action thriller. It starts with a cat, shaking with fear as he’s summoned to the presence of Katmanchew, terrifying leader and master of evil. The news that Action Dogs have thwarted his well-planned bank heist throws him into a hissy fit. War is declared. Meanwhile, scruffy mongrel and unlikely hero Benji hooks up with Action Dogs. Can he help overwhelm Katmanchew before they wreak havoc on the world (especially dogs)? Part book and part comic for age eight and upwards.

100 Most Deadly Things On The Planet by Anna Claybourne (A&C Black; €8.35) is a fascinating list which will transfix the eight-to nine-year-olds. Each page is a colourful mass of photographs and information. The dangers are scored out of five, with meteor impact leading the league with a six, and quicksand propping up the table with a one. Loads of advice is given, like how to recognise and avoid rip tides, as well as a warning for adults not to give honey toyoung babies as it may contain some botulism. Suitable for age eight and upwards.

Forget Me Never by Gina Blaxill (Macmillan; €8.35) Sophie’s cousin Dani has supposedly jumped to her death from her balcony, but Sophie, who had visited her the same day, enlists the help of her friend Reece to investigate. What they uncover — that Dani had another visitor on that same day — will put them both in great danger. It is ultimately rather predictable. Suitable for age 14 and upwards.

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