Books for children

Beelicious Recipes with Honey compiled and illustrated by Dolores Keaveney (DBee Press; €9.99) is an exuberant, colourful book of simple recipes that will inspire creative youngsters to don their chefs’ hats and stun family and friends with mouth-watering honey dishes.

Space School by Tom and Tony Bradman (A&C Black; €5.92). Never again should we moan at the time spent by young people twiddling their way through computer games, because in the event of an extraterrestrial incident they will be the ones to save our planet and communicate with whatever aliens are out there. Luke, Yasmin and Yuri, are pinpointed by alien bug warriors to lead an attack on their enemies. This doubtful honour befalls them as an approaching spacecraft had honed in on Luke’s ability to win his encounters on a computer game.

This is all-action adventure with the youngsters at all times super-cool and on top of the situation, which does of course reduce the tension to the minimum. How could such superheroes fail? Suitable for age nine and upwards.

The Táin Retold by Liam Mac Uistin (O’Brien €6.99). First published in 1989, an old favourite re-emerges to captivate today’s teenagers. The well-known saga of Maeve, Ailill, and their feud shows Maeve on a collision course with Daire Mac Fiachna of Ulster whose Bull of Cooley is a must-have for Maeve. Problem is that Cúchulainn stands in her way, or rather in the way of the warriors she happily sends out to engage him in combat. The gutsy dialogue and atmospheric drawings add to the intensity of this gripping read.

Perhaps the many individual contests could have been amalgamated a bit, but the plus is that the reader learns the early history and myth surrounding Cúchulainn. Suitable for age 10 and upwards.

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