Books for children...

* Danny Brown and The Monster Toothbrush by Brianóg Brady Dawson (O’Brien, €6.99)

Books for children...

Danny Brown and The Monster Toothbrush by Brianóg Brady Dawson (O’Brien, €6.99)

Danny Brown’s pet hate is brushing his teeth, so imagine his horror when he is presented with a gleaming new toothbrush.

He tries everything to get rid of it, including flushing it down the toilet. When this fails he calls on his friends to help, without success.

When bully Conor Daly grabs it and cleans his yucky boots, the pals decide that burying the offending article is the only solution. But where else would his family have their picnic but near the tomb of the toothbrush, with disappointing results for Danny!

The child-friendly layout and excellent comic-style illustrations by Michael O’Connor make this an ideal read for age six and upwards.

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury, €9.20)

This continues the story of Ollie and Moritz, the protagonists from You’ll Never Meet Me.

Their communication is strictly by letters as Ollie’s super charged bodily electricity would prove fatal for Moritz.

When a decision is made to seek out other teenagers who also had been experimented on, their excitement is palpable.

Ollie stares in wonder as he approaches a city, but what he sees is merely every source of electricity.

Moritz , who classes himself as a Blunderkid, also wants to reach out to meet other similar teenagers, though no two experimentals will have the same defects or eccentricities.

Other Blunderkids emerge in answer to their online searching — Bridget, a girl who carries her heart around with her, sometimes attempting to dump it in her despair. Then John from Iceland, a boy who can turn his head backwards.

The major complication is that Moritz’s mother bears much responsibility for the experimentation done on these unfortunate beings. They, however, cling onto their humanity doggedly, and, showing extraordinary courage, attempt to live as normal lives as possible.

A brilliant and imaginative study of alienation, and living in a world which sometimes doesn’t understand differences.

Suitable for age 14 and upwards.

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