Summer reading to guarantee happy
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