Books for children

For journeys long or short, there’s nothing like a book — long or short — to keep the peace and avoid the ‘are we there yet?’ moans.

Books for children

In Hello Kitty, The TV Star (Harper Collins; €6.30) Kitty and her friends are thrilled when Fifi is going to be on telly. But Fifi needs to bring pretty photos and pictures to the event. As time comes around Fifi frets that she’ll be dumbstruck. Trust her friends to rally round to help her find her confidence. A delightful easy-to-hold book with big illustrations. Suitable for age four and upwards.

Rory And The Monster Sitter by Rosie Reeve (Bloomsbury; 8.80) will hold the fort for more than half an hour. Rory is a creature who loves cooking. Some of his most delicious efforts are cheese bats, creepy crawly snacks, and hairy cakes. When Mum and Dad go out for dinner and the dozy babysitter falls asleep, Rory and his siblings create the most delicious feast ever.

Hilariously bold for age five and upwards.

My Rhino Plays The Xylophone by Graham Denton (Bloomsbury; €6.30) is a slim volume of short laugh-aloud poems to dip into — such as ‘Do excuse me when I beat you,’/ said the dragon to knight,/ if I choose then not to eat you/ for I have no appetite /I don’t mean to seem ungrateful/ please don’t think I’m being rude/ I just can’t face one more plateful/ of such flavourless tinned food!’

A laugh aloud introduction to verse. Suitable for age six and upwards.

What Makes A Hippopotamus Smile? By Sean Taylor and Laurent Cardon (Frances Lincoln; €15.20 HB) When a small girl opens her door to a very large hippopotamus, the house is in for quite a surprise. First the front door shatters, then the creature needs a bath and a scrub — with toy ducks and a frog that make him happy Then there’s lunch. What more can the huge fellow want? With bold outlines and strong colour this will appeal to three- to five-year-olds.

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