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BOOK WORMS: Steven Spielberg’s eagerly awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG opens in cinemas today.

Always a favourite, this scrumdiddlyumptious children’s tale is set to make a massive comeback this summer and is among the top children’s reads at Eason and part of their ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ promotion. 

Young readers will also find lots of inspiration in their local library where the Summer Stars programme is encouraging them to read six or more library books. 

Library membership is free and each branch will be organising its own summer activities and competitions. 

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EAR DEFENDERS: Two-year-old Prince George was recently pictured wearing a pair of ear defenders during his first official engagement at the Royal International Air Tattoo and they can be useful for festivals, GAA matches, weddings or air travel. 

Baby Banz Ear Defenders are available from PuddleDucks in Carrigaline in two sizes, ages three months to two and two to 10 years, €22.50; 

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BABY DOLL: Among the new toys in the latest Argos catalogue is the Tiny Treasures Baby Doll, developed by their own toymaker Chad Valley, €59.99, ages 3+. 

The lifelike 18” boy and girl dolls are weighted and slightly scented to feel like a real newborn, with soft hair and skin and sleepy eyes. 

A nice gift for a child who is expecting a new brother or sister — or for those already thinking ahead, the retailer is predicting that Tiny Treasures will be among their Top 10 Toys this Christmas; 

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GET BAKING: Dr. Oetker is calling on parents to round up their mini bakers and get baking this summer. 

To add a sprinkle of fun, Dr. Oetker will set a new baking challenge each week with video tutorials every Sunday on Facebook to encourage families and create new baking memories. 

Once your bake is complete (and your kitchen sufficiently messy!) share photos to win one of three KitchenAid mixers, with weekly prizes of Dr. Oetker baking goodies. 

To take part in the Dr. Oetker Summer Baking Challenge log on to 


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