Children’s books

Light-fingered Larry, by Jan Fearnley (Egmont; €8.80)
Larry uses his slithery tentacles to steal things, which he stores in his undersea den. 

Nothing is safe from him. If other creatures turn their heads for a second, their goods are nicked — from Captain Rosie’s washing, to Boz the Beaver’s precious tools, and, worst of all, Kiki’s Kool Cupcakes.

Her screams jumpstart everyone to catch the slithery thief. And they do. But for how long? Loudly colourful and full of fun, this is an hilarious book to share with age three and upwards.

Pete and The Five-A-Side Vampires, by Malachy and Hannagh Doyle (Firefly Press; €6.30)

Whenever he feels he’s had enough sleep, young Pete wanders through the deserted night streets with his precious football and with Blob, his faithful dog. Imagine his amazement when he meets kids his own size kicking football in the dark park.

Even when he sees their fangs and realises that these kids are vampires, Pete tries to show these ghoulish youngsters how to play fair.

With four more night-time Pete adventures, from werewolves to hounds of hell, ‘whoooo’ will be brave enough to follow Pete’s chilling adventures? Suitable for age eight and upwards.

The Secret Gift, by Ian Somers (O’Brien; €7.99)

The third Ross Bentley adventure deals with his quest to lead a normal life in self-imposed isolation. The problem with having a super power, like telekinesis, is that not everybody will want to use your powers to benefit mankind.

Having cut his ties with The Guild, Ross is shocked when a former Guild operative, Hunter, seeks him out to call in a favour.

Ross soon regrets helping him, when he becomes embroiled in a conflict with equally powerful beings, who collectively put his arsenal in the shade.

Not alone does he put himself in danger, but also those to whom he is close. The likeable thing about Ross Bentley is that, in spite of his awesome talents, he can be fearful, uncertain, and ‘is nervous around girls’, but not too proud to seek help when the chips are down.

Suitable for age 12 and upwards.


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