Sum­mer read­ing to guar­an­tee happy

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - BOOKS -

THERE are so many won­der­ful books to amuse and en­ter­tain your lit­tle ones this sum­mer. Where’s Mr Owl? and Where’s Mrs Hen? ( Nosy Crow, €9.95) are bright, fun lift- the­flap books, il­lus­trated by the tal­ented In­gela P. Ar­rhe­nius, while Jarvis re­turns with the hi­lar­i­ous Mrs Mole, I’m Home! ( Walker, €8.99), about a be­spec­ta­cled mole try­ing to find his way. With gor­geous full­page il­lus­tra­tions, a funny sto­ry­line and plenty of op­por­tu­nity for silly voices, this book will be a big hit. Rab­bit and Bear; The Pest in the Nest (Hod­der, €8.99) by Ju­lian Gough is a joy, the sort of laugh-out­loud story that you’ll en­joy read­ing your­self... The Koala Who Could (Or­chard, €9.80) by Rachel Bright is a feel­good rhyming stor y about step­ping out­side your com­fort zone and try­ing new things. Good to read aloud and ideal for chil­dren aged three- plus. Irish-born Yas­meen Is­mail’s bold and bright Draw and Dis­cover books In­side, Out­side, Up­side Down, Happy, Sad, Feel­ing Glad and Push, Pull, Empty, Full (Lau­rence King, € 12.60) pro­vide space to draw ob­jects, like an ‘ open’ um­brella or what’s fall­ing out of an ‘up­side down’ bag, or emo­tions like ‘cranky’ and ‘ sur­prised’. Thought­ful, en­ter­tain­ing ac­tiv­ity books with lots of ap­peal. Also An Oc­to­pus ( Walker, € 9.79), a charm­ing picture book by Mag­gie Tokuda-hall and Benji Davies, starts with the quote ‘Ev­ery story starts the same way... with noth­ing’ and goes on to ex­plore how sto­ries are made; with a char­ac­ter, a story and lots of imag­i­na­tion. De­light­ful.

Two Hoots has brought out an as­ton­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful book called There is a Tribe of Kids (Pan Macmil- lan, €7.99) by Lane Smith, which cel­e­brates col­lec­tive nouns as one boy jour­neys through a colour­ful nat­u­ral land­scape un­til he finds his own tribe. One to be read over and over, and savoured by chil­dren and adults alike, it has just won the pres­ti­gious Kate Green­away medal. Bar­ring­ton Stoke knows how to do picture books and My Name is Not Refugee (€8.95) by Kate Milner, with its ul­tra-read­able text and top­i­cal story line, is no ex­cep­tion. An ex­cel­lent chap­ter book for your bud­ding reader is Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale (Walker, €9.95) by Mo Willems. Set in Paris, about the un­likely friend­ship be­tween a pam- pered pooch and a street-wise cat, this charm­ing story has a dis­tinc­tive French feel to it.

Chris and his brother An­drew Judge’s lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion, Cre­ate Your Own Su­per­hero Epic (Scholas­tic, €8.99), is an en­er­getic in­ter­ac­tive Choose Your Own Ad­ven­ture book, part comic, part origami (read­ers are in­vited to tear, fold, draw and flip through­out) which in­vites young sto­ry­tellers to get stuck in. Def­i­nitely cool. Bal­le­rina Dreams (Faber, €9.79) is the early reader ver­sion of Deprince’s mem­oir Hope in a Bal­let Shoe. A sweet, well-il­lus­trated ver­sion of this in­spi­ra­tional story of an or­phan girl in

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