CHIL­DREN’S BOOKS OF THE MONTH

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An­gry Cookie

Laura Dock­rill

Walker €9.45, 3+ Cookie is not hav­ing a good day: from hav­ing to use hor­ri­ble grown-up tooth­paste to the ice-cream par­lour run­ning out of his favourite sun­dae, lots of things have hap­pened to make him an­gry. But telling the reader about them helps Cookie re­alise that things aren’t so ter­ri­ble af­ter all. With play­ful il­lus­tra­tions by Maria Karipi­dou, Dock­rill’s de­but pic­ture book is bright and en­ter­tain­ing and de­liv­ers an im­por­tant mes­sage.

The Leg­end Of Kevin

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIn­tyre

Ox­ford €11.99, 7+ Max has al­ways wanted a pet so is de­lighted when a storm blows Kevin, a slightly plump fly­ing pony with a pen­chant for cus­tard creams, onto the bal­cony of his high­rise flat. But the storm has also flooded Max’s town so he and his new friend set out to help the stranded cit­i­zens of Bum­ble­ford. The first in a new se­ries, this is hugely en­joy­able and laugh-out­loud funny.

Pages & Co: Tilly And The Book­wan­der­ers

Anna James HarperCollins €11.99 8+ Eleven-year-old Tilly dis­cov­ers that she can meet her favourite fic­tional char­ac­ters and jour­ney with them into their sto­ries when she en­coun­ters an oddly fa­mil­iar girl in her grand­par­ents’ book­shop. Soon she is inducted as a ‘book­wan­derer’ and on the trail of her mother, who dis­ap­peared when Tilly was just a baby. James’s mag­i­cal de­but is a de­light from first page to last.

Rosie Loves Jack

Mel Dar­bon Us­borne €11.20 14+ When Rosie’s boyfriend Jack is sent away, she runs away in or­der to re­unite with him. But Rosie has Down’s syn­drome and ev­ery­one thinks she’s in­ca­pable of cop­ing alone. Dar­bon’s ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with peo­ple with Down’s gives Rosie’s voice a com­pelling authen­tic­ity. A story about the power of love and the im­por­tance of re­mem­ber­ing that those with dis­abil­i­ties should not be de­fined by them.

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