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Beyond the Stars Twelve Tales of Adventure, Magic and Wonder - Compiled by Sarah Webb

Fourteen year old Emma Brade from Lancashire should be feeling pretty happy right about now. Winner of the Beyond the Stars writing contest her story will be included in a collection of twelve stories along side Irish writers Roddy Doyle, John Boyne, Niamh Sharkey, Derek Landy and more. Twelve stories of winter and wonder and the profits all going to creative writing mentoring charity, Fighting Words, how could you not put this book onto anyone’s wish list. Available from October 9th.

  

Once Upon An Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers

We always welcome a new book by Oliver Jeffers and Once Upon An Alphabet does not look like it will disappoint. Featuring a short story for each of the letters this will bring the alphabet to life in a whole new way. With the usual beautiful Jeffers illustration style and something of an Edward Gorey feel to it, I am sure this will be a hugely popular book with kids and parents alike. 

‘Tin’ by Chris Judge Book Launch at The Gutter Press

For those of you handy to Dublin city centre pop down to The Gutter Bookshop  in Temple Bar 18.30 till 20.00 for the launch of Chris Judge’s new book Tin. Featuring robots and an adventure in the big city, I am looking forward to many bedtime story readings of this one with the boys.

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Song of the Sea - Cartoon Saloon

From academy award nominated director Tomm Moore, writer Will Colins and Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon comes the very beautiful Song of the Sea. Recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to glowing reviews I can’t wait to see this and share it with the little ones who have already been entranced by the trailer. 

Shape - A Film About Design

Comissioned by Pivot Dublin with Dublin City Council, MakeShapeChange “is a project to get young people thinking about how the world is made around them and where design fits in.” Written by Scott Burnett, directed & designed by Johnny Kelly and produced by Ali Grehan, the short film is a prompt for children to think about their world and how design makes a real difference in people’s lives. Watch it above and check out the excellent detail on the website here.

Airfield Awakens

We’ve always been big fans of Airfield farm in Dundrum and were thrilled when it reopened late last year. It has been visibly developing over the last few months and had its official reopening this week. We headed along this weekend for “Airfield Awakens” and were astounded at how much was on, from the amazing “tree cosy”, tree sculptures, craft demos and projects for the kids, a knitting circle, windmill garden and puppet shows there was something for everyone - you could even get a guided tour of the farmyard by a talking sheep (or, as we called him sheep man). This was all in addition to the permanent attractions of the Overend family home, beautiful gardens, vintage cars, farmyard and woodland walks. It’s nice to see that a small cafe has been opened in addition to the delicious food in Overends for those who might want to grab a quick coffee with their picnic. There are so many places to sit and admire the view so even a busy weekend doesn’t feel crowded. We are members but for non-members tickets are €10 for an adult, €5 for children and free for children under 3. If you plan to go regularly the family passes are excellent value. They are running events for children all through the Easter holidays and have many other upcoming events including the ever popular Woolapalooza in May. These are all included in the ticket price, details on www.airfield.ie.

Alphabet print from Harry Potter - The Printorium

Combining three very happy things, alphabets, Harry Potter and lovely prints The Printorium brings us the alphabet as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. The Printorium designers, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are the very designers who worked on the original films and with the premium prints at a limited edition of 250 this is one not to be missed for the serious fans with the excuse of a kiddy bedroom to decorate or not. See the alphabet and the full collection Harry Potter prints here.

Teddy Bear Story Exhibition - The Ark

With a bed covered in soft toys and boxes stuffed with spares it is most certain that we have a teddy bear addict in the house. When we heard that the Ark was putting on an exhibition of and about teddy bears in conjunction with the wonderful V&A Museum of Childhood we booked our tickets straight away. The main exhibition consists of a display of vintage and modern bears from the V&A collection, from wooden Russian bears and early incarnations of the teddy bear to my childhood favourites Paddington, Sooty and Sweep to modern day Toy Story dictator Lotso. You can read about the history of teddy bears and the various countries and companies who excelled in making them. There is also a lovely collection of teddy portraits by photographer Mark Nixon displayed alongside the subjects of the photographs and the personal stories of the owners. You can also find out how teddy bears are made and attend teddy bear making workshops and the teddy bear’s hospital on particular days. A lot of our time was spent colouring in, reading real bear facts and feeding our own two teddy attendees at the teddy bears picnic. Plenty of activities in all to keep your teddy addicts busy. A must see is the brilliant Globe Theatre of teddies in reception, originally displayed in Harrod’s. The Teddy Bear Story runs until 6th April at the Ark in Temple Bar, check online for details of different events being held over the duration.

The Lonely Beast 123 - Pilcrow

In The Lonely Beast 123, the newest app from illustrator Chris Judge and development team James Kelleher & Simon Judge, the Lonely Beast returns to help us learn to count while following him throughout his day. From one beast waking up to twelve sheep helping him get to sleep, we help the beast count, as he bathes, cooks, reads and even gets pooped on by a friendly bird (husband and toddlers personal favourite). The illustration style is bright and fun with plenty of detail. The interactive elements encourage little hands to happily explore every screen. A nod to the Royal Tenenbaums, a raft of literary references, and subtle interactive elements keep the adults happy. The good quality music bests the lazy audio tracks served up by many other kids’ apps. This, combined with the lack of in app purchases and double-tap to open external links makes the app child and wallet friendly. With a loving eye for genuine craft and detail, the Lonely Beast 123 really is a step above other apps in this category. Another excellent app from the Pilcrow team. Check it out here and find out more about Chris’ books here.

Advice to Little Girls - Mark Twain author & Vladimir Radunsky illustrator

Possibly one for the Christmas list of mothers of little girls rather than little girls themselves. With lines like “Good little girls always show marked deference for the aged. You ought never to ‘sass’ old people unless they ‘sass’ you first” this illustrated version of Mark Twain’s 1865 short story is  a wonderful incitement for little girls to think for themselves. Find out more about this inspired reissue from Maria Popova here

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