Books for kids

I Wish I Were a Pirate
by Smiriti Prasadam-Halls and Sarah Ward
(Bloomsbury, €7.60)

How happy I would be, so says the small boy with his trusty wooden sword and paper hat. 

He imagines himself on a tall ship sailing across the choppy seas with his faithful crew and his precious, and colourful parrot. 

And, as in all piracy, there has to be treasure! 

This is a push, pull and play book with exciting moveables, from weighing anchor, walking the plank, and acting as lookout from the crow’s nest. 

With the vibrant colours and laugh aloud fun this sturdy board book is perfect, both in size and content, to share with ages three plus.

Marmaduke The Very Popular Dragon by Rachel Valentine (Bloomsbury, €8.80)

Pretty Meg and her best friend dragon Marmaduke, are always close together flying above high misty mountains and wonderful castles. 

Books for kids

The other young princesses wished they could have such fun but they had to sit wistfully in their lonely towers guarded by frowning dragons. 

But when Marmaduke makes a new friend, Meg feels isolated and lonely.

It takes a long time for Marmaduke to understand how he has neglected his oldest friend. 

But both Marmaduke and Meg will have to realise friendship is a precious commodity that can be shared around. 

Suitable for age four and upwards.

Donkey-Donkey by Roger Duvoisin (The New York Review, €13.90 HB)

A charming tale with a strong message — be happy with yourself. 

Donkey-donkey was extremely happy and content with his life, his kind master and many friends. 

But things change when he drinks water from a stream and compares his own reflection with that of Pat, a friendly horse. 

From that day on, he is dissatisfied with his appearance, especially his ears. 

Every animal he consults advises Donkey-donkey to wear his ears like they do.

Eventually he comes to the conclusion he should be not only content but proud of his appearance.

Children will like the narrative and take on board the idea of being happy in their own skins. Suits age five and up.


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