Children’s books

Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami, How The Library, (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour, and Atlas of Adventures Activity Funpack by Lucy Letherland.

Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami — An ancient tale from India. (Frances Lincoln €8.80)

Rama is a brave prince, much loved by everyone in his kingdom. 

But there is one jealous person who hates Rama — his evil stepmother whose wicked hold over the king means he must banish Rama from the palace to live in the forest. 

Rama leaves with his two best friends. Thus begins a saga of fearsome demons. 

Can the trio survive in this dark place and the horrendous characters which live therein? Beautifully illustrated and filled with the amazing. This Indian tale is the perfect summer read for age 8+.

How The Library, (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown Petrie (Frances Lincoln €10 .05)

Rapunzel lives on the 16th floor of a high-rise. It was very boring, watching the busy people down below.

Even when a prince visited on his scooter and shouted up to ask her to let down her hair, she ignored him. 

Her aunt and other nice people were concerned about her solitary life and skinny body. Something must be done.

So that’s when Rapunzel achieves exactly what she wants in her life — a job in the library! With colourful illustrations and laugh aloud fun for age 6+.

Atlas of Adventures Activity Funpack by Lucy Letherland (Wide-eyed Editions €12,60.)

This large, scrapbook-style book is the perfect antidote against the boredom of long journeys, wet days and the odd row.

Not just a colouring book, it challenges the user to identify the listed items on each page before colouring them in.

It also offers interesting titbits of information on some double- page spreads: it takes three years for a flamingo to turn pink; a rhino’s name means nose horn, and cowboys wear turned-up brims on their hats so that a lasso won’t tip them off.

A colourful page of stickers and a feature on flags of the world complement this mine of activity. Bliss! Age 7+


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