Reviewing some of the best books for children available this week.
Fright Club by Ethan Long (Bloomsbury €9.50)
This a brilliant fun-filled book. Bossy Vladimir musters together his Fright Club pals to arrange the scariest, ghoulish frights for tomorrow’s Halloween. However, when a rabbit and other creatures wish to be part of the scary fun, Vlad and his mates discover one does not need to be a monster to be spooky. Age 6+
Monster Max’s Shark Spaghetti by Sue Hendra and Paul Lunnet (Bloomsbury €9.50.)
Max and his hairy friends are off on their holidays. They make sure to bring lots of food in the plane — their favourites being tapeworm sausages and mash, together with delicious beetle crisps — to name just a hairy few.
They meet their match when they tackle a dish of shark spaghetti and find it has more bite than they expected.
Rhyming fun, and non-scary colourful characters up to all sorts of mischief will be popular with ages 4+
The Drop in My Drink by Meridith Hooper and Chris Coady [Frances Lincoln €10.80]
This story of water on our planet tracks the history of the earth from the arrival of water, courtesy of the comets, to its place in our now precarious ecosystem.
That same drop in a young boy’s drink has perhaps slaked the thirst of a dinosaur, been frozen for a million years, carved out a majestic underground cavern and yet ended up in your school lunch-time drink. The importance of recycling and regeneration is stressed, with some criticism of the unnatural mining for this precious substance. The proliferation of greens in the illustrations complement the book’s message and it ends with a list of amazing facts about water.
And in the same series The Pebble In My Pocket shows the volcanic activity which formed rocks, how various sized pebbles broke off, and, guided by wind, rain and glaciers, began their journeys around the world often ending up on different continents.
Though usually at the mercy of the elements, pebbles and rocks offered shelter for the animal kingdom.
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