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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.



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

Kevin Waldron - Pandamonium at Peek Zoo

Born in Dublin but currently living in New York, illustrator Kevin Waldron’s follow up to his 2009 Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima award winning picture book, Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, again features Mr Peek and some Pandamonium at Peek Zoo. I am a big fan of his illustration style and the kiddos do love a good animal story so this is definitely one for our wish list. Books available through amazon and prints available here.

The Dark - Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen

From Lemony Snicket and Caldecott medal winning illustrator Jon Klassen,  comes a picture book about Laszlo and how he stops being afraid of the dark. It looks perfect. And I want it….for the kids of course…

Flying Eye Books

With a comittment to bring you beautifully designed, cherishable, wonder filled books for children, Flying Eye Books is a very welcome addition to the Nobrow Press publishing platform. Their first book, Viviane Scwarz’ Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, shows you how to create your own robot from everyday bits and bobs. Including, of course, the classic cardboard box. Future releases include the beautifully illustrated Atak’s Topsy Turvy World and Emily Hughes’ Wild. Find out more and sign up for their newsletter updates here.


Flying Eye illustration by Emily Hughes

The Paper Dolls - Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb

This is a beautiful collaboration between one of our favourite writers Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb. It is a story of mothers and daughters and of the importance of memory and imagination. It tells of a mother making a set of paper dolls for her daughter, the rhythmically named Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow. The little girl brings them on lots of imaginative adventures where they survive tigers and crocodiles. Their final adventure doesn’t end so well but we learn how everything lives on in our memories. It is a wonderful story which works as a fun adventure tale while subtly telling us about imagination and loss. It is perfectly illustrated with Rebecca Cobb’s childlike drawings which Edie really related to. Our copy had a set of paper dolls at the back so we could interact with the story too. Highly recommended.

The Brave Beast - Book launch & print exhibition

Chris Judge has teamed up with Damn Fine Print to create a limited edition set of prints to launch his new picture book, The Brave Beast. Beastly fans can catch up with Chris and the Beast at the book launch in The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin on Saturday 9th March between 11 and 3. But if you can’t wait till then you can buy the prints online here and download Beast freebies here




Reading Pictures - A celebration of Irish children’s books and illustration

Irish Design Shop in collaboration RHA are hosting a weekend of events this St Patrick’s weekend celebrating Irish children’s books and illustration. The weekend will include demonstrations on book binding, cartooning, presentations on vintage Irish book covers, the debut of Kevin Waldron’s picture book Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo and more. All events are free and full details are here.


Mountains to Sea Dlr Book Festival

Its that time of year again with Mountains to Sea Dlr Book Festival already underway. Family events include Super hero illustration workshops, Monster book lunch and our favourite for the youngest readers, the Picture book picnics. There will be story telling and colouring and readings from one of our favourite picture book authors, Chris Judge. Fingers crossed he might give a preview of the newest Beast book which is on it’s way soon. Find out about all the events and pre book a spot for the picnic here

This Moose Belongs To Me - Oliver Jeffers

Another beautiful picture book from one of our household favourites, Oliver Jeffers. This Moose Belongs To Me tells the story of friendship and ownership with the usual wonderful illustration we have come to expect. Check out the book trailer above and buy it here. (via Sarah Webb)

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