Books for Children

Sparkly Shoes and Picnic Parties by Sophie Tilley (Bloomsbury; €13.20)

Best friends Amelie and Nanette are true fashionistas whose wardrobes are filled with elegant dresses and hats. When they go on a picnic Nanette wears her chic new red shoes. They set out the picnic, feast on the grass and remove their shoes to frolic through the long grass. But when they return to the picnic the food has been eaten and, worst of all, one of Nanette’s precious shoes has been nicked! Who is the culprit? Beautifully illustrated with gentle watercolour

Just One More by Tracey Corderoy (Little Tiger; €7.20)
Little Brown Bunny loves stories so much that he always asks for ‘just one more!’ Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandpa are weary of his constant plea for more at bedtime, so he decides to create a book of his own that will last all night. But when that doesn’t work, Mum suggests he calls to his friends to find their stories. Result! All ends well.

The Somethingosaur by Tony Mitton and Russell Ayto (Harper Collins; €8.30)
In prehistoric times a lone egg cracked open and out jumped a small creature that was definitely not a dinosaur — as they promptly told him, licking their lips. He bravely crosses the desolate land through scorching heat and chilling rain to seek a family. This is a delightfully illustrated book to share.

Star Girl by Karin Littlewood (Frances Lincoln; €14.30 HB)
Every night at bedtime Gracie looks up at the sky and talks to her special star. In the morning when her star has gone, she wishes it could stay for all time. One night she slips into the forest, climbs the highest tree and catches the star. However, when she gets home, the star has sadly lost its sparkle. The magical story is enhanced by the magnificent artwork. This is definitely a book to treasure.

All of these books are suitable for younger children.


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