Irish Times Summer Reads

Today's Irish Times has a brilliant review article filled with suggested summer reads for children. Anna Carey (journalist and author of the highly entertaining 'The Real Rebecca'... a great read for young adults in and of itself) covers some of the newest offerings in picturebooks. These include such beauties as: The Wheels on the Bus, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup through to a more traditionally illustrated No One But You (illustrated the master PJ Lynch) by Douglas Wood. And one of my favourites is Ladder To The Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng. It has been called a bit twee by some, but I think the storyline and the illustrations are simply beautiful. Then again, I am a grandmother.

Then Mary Shine Thompson takes us on a quick spin through Hell and back through other fantasy realms with her suggestions for 10-12 year olds (and I might add, for some of us a good bit older.) Beginning with John Connolly's newest, brilliant, fast-paced Hell's Bells (if you haven't read it yet, do so immediately!), journeying through The Cryptid Files: Mexican Devil by Jean Flitcroft, The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, and Warlock by Michael Scott.... this seasons fantasy books are indeed outstanding!


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