Books for children
Every Boy’s Alphabet by Kate Bingham and Luke Martineau (Graffeg, €14.70 HB) The book sets out to capture the essence of boyhood in a combination of verse, illustration and superb binding. Each page is awash with bl ue s , b r o wn s and earthy c o l ou r s . Boys will imm iately be drawn to the hating to hold hands in the street page and the adventurous climbing over the gate illustration. The activities may be old-fashioned but are presented beautifully in woodcutlike illustrations. Age five plus.
How To Think Like An Absolute Genius by Philip Brasseur (QED, €12.60) This book advises us to be curious, imaginative and determined, and sets out to improve the function of our brains. It details 26 of the most creative characters from Socrates to John Lennon . But for lateral thinking Germany might have won World War II — foiled as they were by mathematician Alan Turing cracking their Enigma code. Imagining the impossible Led Malala Yousafzaiat at the age of 17 to fight for education for girls in Pakistan. Thinking outside the box has solved seemingly insurmountable problems. Nasa engineers finally came up with a solution to landing a probe on Mars-bounce it off the surface using huge b a ll o o n s . Who would h a ve t h o u g ht ! P u z z le s and games plus a plan for each ind i v id u a l c o m p l e me n t t h e myriad of interesting ideas in this book. Suitable for age eight and up.
The Clue is in the Poo by Andy Seed and Claire Almon (QED, €14.70 HB) And if ever a title grabbed young readers’attention this is it. Though the book is a fascinating file on identifying animal and bird types by what they leave behind, whether it be eggs, half chewed flora, marks on flora, seashells or good oldfashioned poo.
A section on bees, wasps and other insects is particularly interesting - surprisingly most bees and wasps do not live in hives or nests ,and little piddocks can drill holes into hard rocks at the sea side.
The text is enlivened by witty asides and outragious puns, as would be expected given the title.