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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.

Lemony Snicket - Who Could That Be At This Hour?

There were actual celebrations in our house when we got our copy of Who Could That Be at This Hour? the first in Lemony Snicket’s new series All the Wrong Questions. I have been a huge fan of Snicket since the publication of A Series of Unfortunate Events and was thrilled when I heard that he was returning to tales of his mysterious childhood in a shady organisation. Where the Unfortunate Events series had a gothic Edward Gorey-esque feel to them, the new book is more like a noir, starting with the wonderful sentence “There was a town, and there was a girl, and there was a theft”. The change of illustrator from Brett Helquist to Canadian artist Seth supports this with shady figures and shadowy locations. The book follows twelve year old Lemony Snicket’s induction into a mysterious and unnamed organisation, mentored by the useless S. Theodora Markson. Along the way he travels to a town populated by more useless adults and clever children with classic Snicket names like Moxie Mallahan, Ellington Feint and Dashiell Qwerty. While there he attempts to solve the mysterious theft of the Bombinating Beast (a Maltese falcon for our time!). As with all of Snicket’s work there is lots of wordplay, literary references and hilarious asides. It is a brilliant start to the new series and I can’t wait to read the next volume in October.

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2013

Only one more day until World Book Day and your chance to take part in a free online festival featuring Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child, My Naughty Little Sister illustrator Shirley Hughes and many more. Get details of the full program and register here and find out about local events from World Book Day Ireland here.

Books, books and more books - World Book Day

It’s World Book Day! Or, as we call it in this house, another great excuse to read some new books. In honour of the day, you can buy a number of children’s books including titles by Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and many other favourites at a special reduced price at the World Book Day site.

There are lots of activities taking place in libraries and bookshops all over Ireland and England. Check the World Book Day site for events near you, or head down to your local library or bookshop and get reading!

Finally, if you know any teenagers, or if like me, you like reading fiction for all ages, the World Book Day App has some exclusive short stories by the wonderful Neil Gaiman and others, and it’s all free!

Lemony Snicket returns

My World Book Day excitement was only added to by an email I received yesterday from none other than Lemony Snicket. The elusive author has another mysterious work on the way, the first clue being the picture below which was captioned - why would anyone want to steal this statue? Older kids (and adults) can sign up here to receive more clues from the enigmatic Mr Snicket.

World Book Day - Guardian childrens books site

Want to be a contributor for the Guardian? Well all you have to do is be a reader, write a few book reviews, take part in discussions…and be a child.

As part of World Book Day the Guardian have launched their Children’s Books site. Created with the aim of getting children directly involved, the site is full of podcasts, reviews, galleries, videos, discussions, all to get kids to become part of the community of  book lovers. Plenty of information for parents too to help them find books and read with their children. A great site for any enthusiastic reader.


The popularity of World Book Day has crashed their site but in the meantime enjoy one of their 12 Story Time Online films. For us, in honour of his birthday yesterday, Dr Seuss on the Loose!

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