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‘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.



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.

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.

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

Yoga Poster for Kids

Love this yoga poster designed to get little kids to try out a few poses. With names like Warrior, Sun Salute and Tree there is plenty of opportunity for story telling along the way as well. Available from Joyful Babies here.  

Jerry’s Day Out - A New York City Adventure - iPhone & iPad App by Ink Robin

We do seem to stick with the old favourites here but there’s always good reason. Ink Robin’s story book apps for iPhone and iPad are consistently well made with good illustrations, good stories and interactive features that complement the story rather than showcase the technology. Their latest release combines the illustration work of Swedish artist Gustav Dejert and their own photography of New York city. Jerry is a small bird who is lost in the big city who meets plenty of interesting and musical characters as he finds his way back to his friends and in the process brings us on a tour of New York from Soho to Harlem and everywhere in between. The story is simple but sweet and the illustration style works perfectly with the bright photographic backgrounds of New York (including the High Line, so want to visit someday soon!). Check out Jerry and the other titles from Ink Robin here.

FiLIP - Watch, Smart Phone & Locator for Kids

FiLIP is the world’s first smart phone, watch and locator combined designed for kids. With five pre-programmed numbers for them to call you, one way texting, an app that allows parents to see their children’s locations and set safe zones and a panic button this colourful chunky watch allows kids to roam free with a watchful eye monitoring them from a distance. Part of me worries about this level of tracking by already over anxious parents (never mind the possibility of anyone hacking the system to track your kids too!) but most of me just loves the look of these chunky, colourful watches that I would gladly wear and the benefit of contactable kids without the access to internet and text message bullying and the myriad of other issues mobile devices bring seems an excellent option to me. Find out more and make your own mind up about them here.


Mo-To - Modern Vintage Toy Cars: Candylab Kickstarter Campaign

So this just arrived into my inbox and went straight to the top of my want list. The perfect toy car, wooden, virtually indestructible and inspired by the classic American cars of the 50s and 60s. Since I first looked at the site an hour ago their Kickstarter campaign to fund the first production run has increased by about 10 grand so it appears I am not the only one to like a collectible, perfect car with the pretence that it is for the kids. Check out their video and pledge yourself an early Christmas present here.

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