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Recommended Reads - Children

The Girl Who Saved Christmas  

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Published by Canongate Books, 2016.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas is the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas and is an equally enchanting story that will melt the hearts of young and old. Santa knows he must find Amelia Wishart who is trapped in Mr. Creeper’s workhouse or Christmas may not happen. But elves, reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens are willing to help and so the magical Christmas adventure begins.

"A feel-good Christmas read packed with all things good about the season that will warm your heart.
For readers aged 9/10 and over". - a Clare County Library staff member.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss  

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Published by HarperCollins, 2007

Just in case you haven’t read this book and even if you’ve read it a million times, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is compulsory reading for all ages for the season that’s in it!
The opening lines “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” will resonate with many or will draw the reader in from the first line if you haven’t read it before.

"Sharing this book at Christmas may just trigger that lifelong love of reading in your child". - a Clare County Library staff member.

Katinka’s Tail by Judith Kerr  

Katinka’s Tail by Judith Kerr
Published by HarperCollins, 2017

Almost 50 years after the appearance of the first Mog book, Judith Kerr who is just 6 years short of her centenary year has produced another delightful children’s classic, Katinka’s Tail. The story of a “perfectly ordinary cat with a not-so-ordinary tail” was inspired by the author’s own cat who “is a ridiculous-looking white cat with a tabby tail that looks as though it belonged to somebody else,” she said.

"This is the loveliest picture book to share with young children and their older siblings too, telling the tale of Katinka’s travels, far and wide. And for even more unique Christmas reading enjoyment, try Mog’s Christmas Calamity by the same author published in 2015". - a Clare County Library staff member.

Pandora by Victoria Turnbull   Pandora by Victoria Turnbull
Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2016.

Pandora lives alone, in a world of broken things. She makes herself a handsome home, but no one ever comes to visit. Then one day something falls from the sky. . . a bird with a broken wing.

"I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a picture book as much as this one. It is visually stunning and appeals to me and my nearly two year old equally. Pandora’s aloneness is beautifully and sensitively depicted. You are so happy for her when the bird lands in her life and the treasures it brings have life changing consequences for lovely Pandora. You find yourself elated when she is, and so sad when her friend suddenly disappears. Please take this book home to share with your children." - a Scariff Library staff member.
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher   The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
Published by Puffin in 2016

This book is about a boy called William and his Dad Mr Trundle who both love Christmas and Dinosaurs! It begins when Santas Elves discover an egg hidden for many years in the snow and with Santas help, hatch the egg and discover a baby Dinosaur! Meanwhile on planet Earth William is having a tough time at school with Brenda Payne, possibly the meanest girl on earth, and writes to Santa asking for a Dinosaur for Christmas. What unfolds is a Christmas Eve adventure like no other!

‘I read it with my son who’s nearly 9, a chapter a night, and he loved the story, still talks about it.
This story was really magical, great characters and lovely Elf songs throughout to sing along to! A lovely story to read, especially for this time of year.’ - a Kilrush Library staff member

The Spiral Path by Matt Griffin  

The Spiral Path by Matt Griffin
Published by The O’Brien Press, 2017

Matt Griffin’s The Spiral Path is the final book in the Ayla trilogy. Preceeded by A Cage of Roots and Storm Weaver all three books are inspired by Irish myths, particularly the Tuatha Dé Danann and are illustrated by the author.

Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy are in no doubt that their home of Kilnabracka is once again in danger. Everyone in their home village has been tuned into zombies by the powerful Dagda while they were away fighting. The friends must rely on the powers of magic and humanity to save their people.

As they are drawn further and further into a trap, can the friends save themselves and the town of Kilnabracka?

"For readers 10 to 13 this is an exciting fantasy adventure and a powerful trilogy finale." - a Clare County Library staff member.

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week by Alan Nolan  

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week by Alan Nolan
Published by The O’Brien Press, 2017

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week is the latest hilarious children’s book from one of Ireland’s favourite authors and illustrators. Samantha Hannigan is an animal lover and champion Irish dancer who is in a serious muddle. Whilst messing around with Brain Swap 3000, one of her grandad’s crackpot inventions, along with her best friend Ajay, she has managed to get herself stuck inside the body of her neighbours’ dog.

How long can Ajay and Sam pretend she is just dressing up in a dog costume for charity? Are her chances of winning a big dance competition scuppered? What’s going on behind closed doors at Roger Fitzmaurice’s dog-biscuit factory? And, why has Sam suddenly started to chew on slippers and bark at the moon?

"Another madcap adventure from Alan Nolan ideally suited to readers aged 9 to 11." - a Clare County Library staff member.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding   The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding
Published by Puffin in 2016

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop is a story is based on the character Charlie (Charlotte) Bass, a ten year old girl who accidentally buys a racehorse called ‘Noble Warrior’ and gets a shaggy pony called ‘Percy’ thrown in to the bargain for good measure. Though Noble Warrior is a well-bred racehorse, he fails miserably when faced with any challenges, unless he has ‘Percy’ by his side. Everyone gives up on believing that he could ever win a race, except for Charlie who stops at nothing to prove that he is 'winning material'. A wonderful book for any lovers of horse racing and horses.

“Such a fantastic book and loved by all the children (and myself) in the group.” - a Miltown Malbay Library Staff member and the Children’s Book Club.

Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes  

Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books in 2016

Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson is a delightful first cookbook for kids. With Guidelines for Grown-Ups and Hints and Tips to Read Together, you and your little assistants can make Mouse Toast, Woodland Salad or Roasted Fox Sweet Potatoe Wedges.

“Delicious treats from the Deep Dark Wood will have little tummies rumbling before breakfast, lunch and dinner as you explore a bookful of amazing recipes laid out in the most child-friendly fashion with simple step-by-step instructions.” - a Clare County Library staff member.

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