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  • Book Title:   Captain Underpants And The Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers

    Book Author:   Dav Pilkey

    Age Group For This Book: 10 - 12

    Review From: Mayo

    “This is a story full of surprises and jokes; comparisons with Dahl are, this time, justified”

    Hashir Amin

    Ballyhaunis Library

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Boy in the Dress

    Book Author:   David Walliams

    Age Group For This Book: Select

    Review From: Dublin

    I think David Walliams writes super ridiculous stories and nearly every page has something funny in it. I really love David Walliams’ stories because they are adventurous.

    Michael, 7 years old.
    Howth Library.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Adventures Of Captain Underpants

    Book Author:   Dav Pilkey

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Mayo

    A richly textured first novel given lift-off by an inventive wit

    Hashir Amin

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Enormous Crocodile

    Book Author:   Roald Dahl

    Age Group For This Book: 10 - 12

    Review From: Limerick

    I liked when the crocodile told the animals about his master evil plan. It was so evil that he thought it was one of his best master plans. Every animal that he told he had a plan to get some food, he told them he was going to act like things that he really was not. First, he went to the coconut tree and he gathered a few leaves and he put them in his mouth. Well, as I was saying, my favourite bit of the book was when the crocodile got flung out to outer space by the big elephant, Big Foot, who the crocodile told about his evil mastermind plan. When the elephant heard that the enormous crocodile was at the CARNIVAL, where there was a lot of children that he could eat very quickly, he pretended he was a crocodile on the round-a-bout.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Big Bad Blackout

    Book Author:   Megan McDonald

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Limerick

    The best thing about the book is Judy Moody’s brother Stink. I like Stink because he is obsessed with Abe Lincoln. Abe Lincoln was an old President in America. I liked when Grandma Lou made ghost toasties.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   Esther the Kindness Fairy

    Book Author:   Daisy Meadows

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Galway

    I thought the book was really good because there was two girls named Kirsty and Rachel. They are best friends from school. Each year they would go to Rainspell Island together and make fairy friends. But this year they go to an activity club. First they did some art and then they played a game of soccer.
    I thought the book was really funny and enjoyable.
    Clíona, age 8.

    Star Rating: = Really Good

  • Book Title:   Barry Loser

    Book Author:   Jim Smith

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Dublin

    It’s great book. Really funny. I like the twins, they put ‘ingtons’ on every word, like ‘twiningtons’.

    Laila, 9 years old.
    Howth Library.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Wish Puppy

    Book Author:   Holly Webb

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Galway

    I thought the book was really good because there was this little girl named Molly. Molly could talk to animals. Molly’s Dad was a vet. One day an old lady came to Molly’s house with a little dog in her hands. The dog’s name was Star. Star came for a checkup because she looked sad.
    I thought the book was great, there was lots of happy and sad times in the story. I enjoyed reading this book.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   Horrid Henry Nits

    Book Author:   Francesca Simon

    Age Group For This Book: 4 - 6

    Review From: Donegal

    This book was funny. I loved the way Henry passed the nits on to Peter..It was funny that everyone was scratching their heads when Henry passed on the nits..it was a great story..

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   Clover Moon

    Book Author:   Jacqueline Wilson

    Age Group For This Book: 10 - 12

    Review From: Sligo

    The book in my opinion was simply wonderful. I find modern books based on history fascinating and the story really gives you a look in on Victorian times. I love the fact that the language used in it was what most people of that time would have sounded like. It’s a spectacularly beautiful book that I really enjoyed. I rated it for my age but it’s suitable for 7-9 year olds too, if they’re interested.

    Star Rating: = Really Good

  • Book Title:   Clover Moon

    Book Author:   Jacqueline Wilson

    Age Group For This Book: 10 - 12

    Review From: Sligo

    The book in my opinion was simply wonderful. I find modern books based on history fascinating and the story really gives you a look in on Victorian times. I love the fact that the language used in it was what most people of that time would have sounded like. It’s a spectacularly beautiful book that I really enjoyed. I rated it for my age but it’s suitable for 7-9 year olds too, if they’re interested.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   A Pony inTrouble

    Book Author:   Jeanne Betancourt

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Galway

    This book was really good because there was three girls named Pam, Anna and Lulu . They all had ponies. There names were Lightning, Snow white and Acorn . One day Lightning got sick . The three girls were worried so they called Pam’s Dad . Pam’s Dad came rushing home . He asked Pam a lot of questions . After that in a few days they found out what was wrong and then fixed Lightning and they were back in business. I really enjoyed reading this book.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   Dolphin Bay

    Book Author:   Rosie Banks

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Monaghan

    This book is a really interesting book.It is about three girls called Ellie,Summer and Jasmine they are having a special time with the dolphins of Dolphin Bay but then horrible Queen Malice casts a spell and puts an oyster under the beautiful aquamarine sea but the girls save the day and the dolphins get to practice for the Dolphin dances.The next day the girls are called back to watch the dolphin dances the dolphins are doing really well until Queen Malice captures the baby dolphins and puts a seaweed wall in the middle of the sea so the dolphins cant get their babies back but the girls freeze time and save the baby dolphins the dolphin dances carry on and they have a very very wonderful time at Dolphin Bay . I would recommend this book to children age 7-9.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Hunger Games

    Book Author:   Suzanne Collins

    Age Group For This Book: 10 - 12

    Review From: Cork

    This book is about a girl called Katniss Everdeen. She lives in a world called Panem. In the world there are 12 districts. They all have to fight in “The hunger games” which is live on television. A boy and a girl is picked from every district. It is actual fighting where you kill people. If you are the last person alive… you win. There are three books in the series. It is absolutely brilliant. It is my favourite book of all time!!

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

  • Book Title:   The Magic Finger

    Book Author:   Roald Dahl

    Age Group For This Book: 7 - 9

    Review From: Galway

    I thought the book was really good because there was this little girl that had a magic finger, and every time she got angry her magic finger would zap someone. She has neighbours that have guns.They use the guns to kill animals and eat them. But when the little girl finds out that they kill an animal she ZAPS the whole family.
    This book was really funny and very enjoyable.

    Star Rating: = Brilliant

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