Children's Book Reviews
Our reviewers have been busy reading and enjoying a selection of new books just published by O'Brien Press. A big thank you to all of our young reviewers for all of their hard work and to O'Brien Press for supplying review copies.
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The Demonata by Darren Shan
The thrilling series by Darren Shan is full of action, fighting and gore. I would recommend this book for over 11, gore-loving, children. This bone-chilling horror involves many heroes that were dragged out of their normal lives to live a terrible, miserable life of magic and flesh-eating demons. The demons live on different universes that are being created all the time and a team called the Disciples are narrowly holding out the demons from Earth using magic. I was surprised I was not scared and strictly advise not to read this book at night. The main characters are Grubbs Grady, Kernel Fleck and a powerful sorceress, Bec. Join these heroes on their epic quest to save Earth in The Demonata by Darren Shan.
Please enjoy. Conor, Age 9
Review of "Alice to the Rescue" by Judi Curtin.
The book is called “Alice to the Rescue!” It is written by Judi Curtin who is an Irish author who lives in Limerick. It is the seventh book in her series about the fictional characters Alice & Megan. The story is set in an ordinary neighbourhood like mine. It is about two best friends, a lost cat, a wedding, an essay competition and a trip to France!
Alice is a confident young girl in her first year of secondary school .Megan is Alice’s best friend. She is quite shy and she owns a cat called Domino. Both girls have entered an essay competition for a fabulous prize of four months in France. Megan doesn’t really like the idea of being away from Alice for so long and wishes that neither essay wins.
Meanwhile Megan’s family are preparing for Auntie Linda’s wedding. Megan’s mother is catering but she’s not a very good cook! This leads to some funny moments! In the middle of all this fuss Domino the kitten disappears upsetting everyone .
I think the story has a good plot and kept me interested all the way! I don’t think the characters are described very well, but as it is the seventh book in the series I suppose they are better depicted in her earlier novels. The ending is unexpected but happy for everyone in the story!
I really enjoyed reading “Alice to the Rescue” and my favourite part was the ending! However as I prefer adventure and mystery stories myself I probably wouldn’t read any more of that series. I would recommend it for girls aged eight to ten.
I rate this book 8 out of 10! Izzy, aged 10 years
Review of "The Secret of Kells" from the new film by Tomm Moore, illustrated by the Cartoon Saloon.
"I loved it! The pictures were great. I especially liked Ashling, she was very interesting because she was more a rough and tumble kind of girl who thought that dolls were boring, a bit like me. It was really fun reading it. I would say that every 7 or 8 year old girl should read it. Here is my picture of Ashling." Hannah, aged 8
"Okay, O’Brien Press, firstly, I’d like to thank you first for releasing some pretty awesome books, and thanks for letting me review this book fairly early. Now, I understand that The Secret of Kells is a tie-in for an upcoming movie, so I can’t wait to see Brendan walking about in all his Cartoon Saloon awesomeness. Now what I think of this book is this. Firstly, I like how it explains about each picture of the Book of Kells. For example Brendan basing St Mark’s lion on brother Assoua’s description was fairly clever. Secondly, it’s an amazing idea to combine Christian and pagan faiths. You know, making a Christian boy monk meet a fairy girl and pitting him against a serpent death god, Crom Cruach. Also putting in the first Irish magnifying glass, Brendan’s Eye. To round things off, the illustrations are fantastic as usual." Sam, aged 11
Léirmheas ar an leabhar "Daifní Dineasár" le hÁine Ní Ghlinn
Review of "Alfie Green and the Monkey Puzzler" by Joe O' Brien
"This book was excellent. It's telling you never to trust anyone or anything especially if something is free. There wasn't ever a dull moment in the story. It's about a guy called Monty and Monty owns lots and lots of monkeys so he decides to make up a circus full of monkeys. He visits a little village and tells everyone that there was going to be a circus show the following day and if they signed the back of the vouchers he had given out admission would be free. But that night when everyone from the village was at the circus Monty and some of his monkeys sneaked out and robbed all the houses. Fortunately Alfie and his friend Fitzer left the show early and saw him. Want to know the rest? Well, just buy the book. You won't regret it."
Síobhra Ní Fhlaithbheartaigh, aged 10
"In my opinion I thought that Alfie Green and the Monkey Puzzler was a brilliant book. It was full of surprises. I would never have thought that the Monkey Circus was so full of criminals. It also had a mystery which made it ever more exciting. In some parts I felt as if I was in the book . It was very well written and very interesting. It had pretty much everything to make the perfect story."
Odhrán Ó Flaithbheartaigh, aged 10
Review of "See If I Care" by Judi Curtin and Roisin Meaney
This is one if those books that’s absolutely brilliant but I don’t know why! It’s very addictive and once you pick it up, you can’t put it down. When Luke and Elma are assigned as each other’s pen friends, they lie to impress each other. However, in the end, guilt gets the better of them which reveals that their lives are actually quite similar. Without even noticing, they help each other with their family problems. I recommend this book for ages 9 and up.
Review of "Demon from the Deep End" by James Allison
Léirmheas Leabhar ar: Scuab Fiacla Danny
Ar deireadh, tagann Mamaí Danny agus deir sí go mbeidh air é a chur ina bhéal! Scór as a deich: 8; bhí sé go maith ach beagán gearr.
Léaifá arís é. Tá sé suimiúil. Is leabhar maith é.
Review of The Adventures of Shamrock Sean by Brian Gogarty
I love the way it’s animated and Sean is cute and small,
My favourite story has to be the best one of them all,
Hannah aged 9
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