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Staff Picks 2021

Young Readers

Rex, Dinosaur in Disguise by Elys DolanRex, Dinosaur in Disguise by Elys Dolan
Walker Books 2022

Thanks to a freaky ice age accident, Rex the dinosaur finds himself some 65 million years later in a world utterly changed. Rescued by Bigfoot and his buddies Nessie and Dodo, who have perfected the art of looking like normal and boring humans, they must avoid being put in a zoo or a museum. Cue lots of funny misunderstandings as Rex tries to negotiate the modern world, make friends and find a job. The story subtly touches on themes of tolerance, being yourself and fake news.

 

The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams by Shane Hegarty The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams by Shane Hegarty
Hodder Children’s Books, 2022

Chicken and cheese ice cream, anyone? Mushroom and tuna? Limpet’s mum plans to open a very unusual ice cream shop. Enter villain Mr. Fluffy, owner of Mr. Fluffy’s Mega Emporium of Amazing and Spectacular Ice Cream who sets out to crush her new business. Worry-wart Limpet is not going let that happen but to do so he must find bravery and strength he never knew he had.

 

Indigo Wilde and The Creatures At Jelly Bean Crescent by Pippa Curnick Indigo Wilde and The Creatures At Jelly Bean Crescent by Pippa Curnick
Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 2021

Indigo Wilde lives with her brother Quigley and an array of strange and magical creatures. Her parents are off on another one of their trips to unknown lands where they rescue creatures and send them back in the Monster Mail. The latest delivery from them causes chaos in the house. When the mysterious new addition to the crazy collection of animals escapes the race is on to find it.

 

Eoinín, Eonín ag Dul a Chodladh agus Eoinín agus a Chairde le Muireann Ní Chíobháin Eoinín, Eonín ag Dul a Chodladh agus Eoinín agus a Chairde le Muireann Ní Chíobháin
Futa Fata

Little ones will love figuring out how they might help the charming baby lamb called Eoinín in Muireann Ní Chíobháin’s activity packed adventures. These books are full of fun and the bright warm illustrations by Róisín Hahessy are perfectly pitched for the youngest of readers. Three gorgeous, indestructible board books for small hands to hold and play with.

 

Don't! by Marie-Louise FitzpatrickDon't! by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Otter Barry Books, 2022

There’s a new baby in the house and Mummy and Daddy’s previously undivided attention must now be shared. Baby Boo can roar, kick and bite, but so too can big sister Geraldine! But everything changes when Geraldine cries causing Baby Boo to do the same. If you know of a little boy or girl with a new baby sibling, then this is their story! This beautifully illustrated, funny picture book perfectly captures the feelings of a child with a new baby in the family.

 

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