Brave Little Penguin by Tracey Corderoy, (Little Tiger; €13.03HB) is a big book with a delightfully toddler-friendly, story illustrated by Gavin Scott.
Little Plip loves his fuzzy toy, Socky Bug. When it goes missing Plip sets out across the snowy landscape to find it. But there is a big creature out there that all the penguins fear. Edge-of-the seat thriller for age three up.
With summer holidays beckoning, First Book of the Seashore by Derek Niemann (A&C Black; €5.92) is a must-have for the seaside. Creatures that have been taken for granted or ignored will become sought after with this handy little book. With stylish, realistic illustrations and short information bites, this it will certainly capture the imagination and eliminate moans of holiday boredom. Age eight and upwards.
Kidnap by Chris Powling (A&C Black; €5.92). Because his father is odd-job man for a very wealthy businessman, Leo is allowed to attend private education classes with the man’s son and daughter, Adam and Daisy. When the three teenagers and their teacher are kidnapped Adam becomes suspicious of Leo. He is, after all, privy to the layout of the mansion, its grounds and the location of alarms. Tied up and far from home the youngsters are horrified to overhear that, if Adam and Daisy’s father doesn’t come up with a huge ransom, his children will be killed. This short, dyslexia-friendly nail-biter is a good read for reluctant readers.
Million Dollar Gift by Ian Somers (O Brien; €7.99). Ross Bentley’s life is going nowhere. He is a loner, unable to communicate with his widowed father. His only positives are girlfriend Gemma, and his extraordinary gift of telekinesis. A million dollar competition, sponsored by Golding Scientific in London offers him the chance to cash in on his super power and at the same time help his father escape the poverty trap. Interesting science fiction with an Irish slant. For age 15 and upwards.