Books for kids...

* The Truth According to Arthur by Tim Hopgood (Bloomsbury, €8.40) 
* Superfairies — Dancer The Wild Pony By Janey Louise Jones (Curious Fox, €6) 
* Oh, Freedom by Francesco D’Adamo (Darf Publishers, €8.40) 

The Truth According to Arthur by Tim Hopgood (Bloomsbury, €8.40) 

Arthur and the Truth are not the best of friends. It all starts when Mum tells him he must not ride his older brother’s big bike. But Arthur believes he can be as good as his brother. 

At first, the wheels move nicely, but only for a moment before the big crash that smashes a wheel. 

What a to-do! Who will help him in his plight apart from an alien who wishes to take the broken bike to the moon! 

Arthur tries many ways to disguise the catastrophic break up. What would you do?

This is a delightful off-beat book for age six and upwards.

Superfairies — Dancer The Wild Pony By Janey Louise Jones (Curious Fox, €6) 

Books for kids...

This charming story features the world of the delightful SuperFairies, Silk, Rose, Star and Berry. 

All four have individual talents, from supersight to animal rescue expertise, but more importantly they work together as a team of equals. 

Here they set off to find their pony friend Dancer, who is a bundle of nerves about taking part in the forthcoming Summer Fair Dance Contest. 

Trust the Super Fairies to find her, using their fairycopter, Strawberry computer and rescue pack. A delightful read for age five and upwards.

Oh, Freedom by Francesco D’Adamo (Darf Publishers, €8.40) 

The story is set in Alabama of the 1850s and features the attempt by a slave family to escape to the freedom of Canada. 

Young Tommy befriends a stranger called Peg Leg Joe whose goal is to free as many slaves as possible.

It is a daunting challenge as any attempt to break free from the plantation will see the enraged overseer Jim Kniff track them down with dogs and guns. 

Peg Leg Joe, who himself had been led to freedom by the original Guide, Harriet, passes the responsibility on to Joe in a subtle mixture of encouragement and auto-suggestive songs.

The journey, one of fear, hunger, narrow escapes, disease-ridden swamps and unbearable tension, keeps our unflagging interest to the end. 

A triumph of the human spirit. Suitable for age 10 and upwards.


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