Children's books...

Check out our selection of children’s books for this week, reviewed by Mary Arrigan.

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt Activity Book by Laura Hughes (Bloomsbury, €5.70) 

Plenty of seasonal activity in this, many pictures to be coloured in, and mazes to be conquered. 

Most attractive of all are the coloured stickers which can be used to decorate pictures and to complete illustrations. 

A word search and a bunting project add to the fun. 

Suitable for age four and up.

Farm by Heather Alexander. (Wide Eyed, €11.50 HB) 

Another board book in the Life on Earth series with 100 questions and 70 lift-flaps. 

We move from the fields to the function of farm buildings and then discover how you ‘get an ice cream from a cow’, how plants are propagated, why the farmer is delighted to see ladybirds, the various types of plants, some of whose roots we eat, lead on to the work done by the tractor. 

The books ends with a look at the seasons on the farm. 

The warm colourful illustrations by Andres Lozano invite the reader to look under the flaps. Suitable for age four and up.

Labyrinth by Theo Guignard (Wide Eyed, €14.90 HB)

This offers 14 colourful, attractive and challenging mazes. On a variety of spreads the reader is asked to navigate through a mansion interior, a crowded beach, an underwater world or even a Roman city.

On each journey the traveller has to pick five named objects. The layout will be familiar to children who like gaming, and the digital designs by Guignard are breathtaking. 

Very challenging, but for those who don’t solve every maze, illustrated answers are provided in an appendix. Suitable for age six and up.

Little Lemur Laughing by Joshua Seigal (Bloomsbury, €6.80)

This is a fun collection of poems which opens with a springy definition of what a poem can be. 

From a navel-gazing boy to young Johnny who will only eat mangoes, it is laughter all the way. 

There is a charming portrait of my favourite uncle who can ‘remember lots of jokes, and laughs when he tells them’. 

Turvy and Topsy gently mocks the convention that all poems must rhyme, while food and animals feature prominently in an imaginative selection of concrete poems.


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