This week's best books for children

Reviewing some big reads for the little ones. 

I Want Spaghetti by Stephanie Blake (Gecko Press, €15.30)

Once there was a rabbit who would only eat ‘one thing’. The simple beginning pulls the young reader straight into this story. When Mum Rabbit tells him to eat his toast the boy replies with a loud ‘yuck’.

Thus begins a war of words with his parents as they try coaxing him with good food to get him to eat. Who will succeed?

It seems an insurmountable problem taking on a toddler who is so obsessed with just one type of food.

The big, simple colourful illustrations make this the perfect book to share with the very young.

Lulu Loves Numbers by Camilla Reid and Ailie Busby (Bloomsbury, €8.20).

This week's best books for children

Lulu and her mum are going for a walk through the farm and stables.

Clever Lulu counts all of the animals as she and her mum make their way along.

Beautifully illustrated and easy for small hands to hold, this excellent, sturdy little book is perfect for pre-school youngsters.

There is the added bonus of the great fun to be had by the toddler who enjoys lifting the flaps to spot the young animals hiding behind them.

The Book of Learning by E R Murray (Mercier Children, €9.99)

This is very promising part one of The Nine Lives Trilogy.

When Ebony Smart’s grandfather dies she has to move to Dublin to live with mysterious relatives of whom hitherto she had been unaware. Soon after her arrival, complete with pet rat Winston, she discovers a mysterious book with her name on it.

She also finds she is part of a sect which has the power of reincarnation, a sect which is under the constant scrutiny of an evil being called Icarus Bean who has a particular interest in her.

Ebony, with help from some unusual sources, has to track down the guardian who holds the key to their future happiness. The story is set in Dublin and a seaside inspired by Schull, Co Cork. Ebony is a likeable character who will appeal to teenage readers.


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