This beautiful picture book is now released in paperback. It sees tiny yellow Peep waking up to a mysterious singing which just must be investigated.
The first creatures that he questions are the owl, the mouse, and the frog, none of whom can shed any light on the source of the singing, though the frog thinks it might be from nearby.
When Peep finds the dawn chorus he soon realises that he may not be an automatic choice to join the choir, but is determined to practice all night to perfect his singing.
Help and encouragement come from an unlikely source, and as well as finding his true voice Peep learns that he has an even more important role to play in the world of birdsong. An utterly charming storybook enhanced. Suitable for age four and upwards.
by Caio Vilela and Sean Taylor. (Frances Lincoln; €10.05) This glossy book is filled with cheerful images from all over the world, with a subtext of the unifying nature of the game. Heroes and statistics abound, but more importantly happy faces. Suitable for age seven and upwards.
by Matt Griffin (O’ Brien €7.99) This debut fantasy novel could have as its subheading, The Quest for Alya, as her three uncles and three of her friends Finny, Benvy, and Seán set out to look for her.
Alya, reared in a New York orphanage, on her return to Ireland has been abducted and imprisoned underground by disgusting looking creatures. These are as nothing compared to the obstacles her friends will face, and the dangers they encounter at the hands of Normans, mythological characters and even shape-changers.
The time-slip search ranges all over Ireland, as Alya discovers that hitherto unknown evil elements from her past are out to destroy her.
Even the motives of her searchers come into question and in an alien world she will not know who to trust. The ending hopefully suggests a sequel. Suitable for age 12 and upwards.