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Kids Book Club - January

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Our Kids Book Club is back with their review of December's book, 'Charlotte's Web', and you get the chance to choose your favourite book for February.

Katriona McFadden Book Club Chair:
Katriona McFadden has been working as a reporter with RTÉ Radio since 2001.

Most recently she has worked as a roving reporter with The Tubridy Show and from September she will work as a reporter on the new RTÉ Radio 1 weekday drive-time programme. She joined RTÉ Radio after completing a B.A. in Journalism at DCU.  To date she has worked as a researcher and reporter on Five Seven Live and a newspaper reviewer on RTÉ 2fm's The Full Irish. 

She has co-produced and co-presented a10 part series on the EU accession countries and her documentary Five Days in Tallinn was broadcast in December 2003.  She also produced and presented the children's radio programme The Funday Show.

In 2002 Katriona spent some time working as a researcher on The Late Late Show.

Katriona hails from Milford in Co Donegal, where her parents Michael and Kathleen continue to live with her brother Nicholas.

Our Kids Bookclub Reviewers:
Joe Fitzpatrick (10)

Joe has 2 brothers and no pets. He loves swimming, hurling and reading. He is in 5th class in school. He likes Geography and hates Maths.
Eleanor O Riordan (11)
Eleanor is an only child. She has one rabbit called Flopsy and a guinea pig called Luas. She called him Luas because he also runs away from her. Eleanor is a tom boy and loves sport. She enjoys hockey and swimming in particular. She hates reading girly books. She is in 5th class and likes science but hates English.
Owen Fitzgibbon (10)
Owen has 1 brother and 1 sister. He is the oldest and man of the house! He has one rabbit called Snowy. He is 4th class. He likes science and hates English.
Niamh Hebblethwaite (10)
Niamh is an only child. She has no pets. She loves climbing, hockey and swimming. She is in 5th class and likes geography. She doesn't like Irish, English or Maths. She doesn't like reading horror books. It's Niamh's 11th Birthday today!

Book being reviewed today on the show:
"Charlottes Web" ( Penguin Ireland ISBN: 9780141317342)
This is a re-release of an old favourite in anticipation of its movie release! Charlottes Web tells the story of a little girl named Fern, a pig named Wilbur and a beautiful grey spider named Charlotte who tries to save her good friend Wilbur from the slaughter. A fantastic book about love, friendship and caring that continues to touch the hearts of readers everywhere!

About the author:
Essayist and early New Yorker writer E. B. White (1899-1985) also wrote the children's classics Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, and updated The Elements of Style. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Essays and Criticism of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal for Literature, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and (in 1973) was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lived in Maine and New York City.

Children's reviews of the book:
Joe Fitzpatrick: Joe thought the book was okay. He thought he might be a bit old for it! He thought it was for girls and boys. Wilbur was his favourite character because he was funny! He didn't like Avery and he thought the farmer was strange. His favourite bit was when Wilbur won the prize. He thinks the book's message is about friendship.

Eleanor O'Riordan: Eleanor liked the book because it was very funny. She thought it was suitable for boys and girls. Charlotte was her favourite character because she's really nice and kind. She didn't like the farmer because he was going to kill Wilbur. The best part was when Wilbur won the prize. She thinks the book had the message that friendship was more important than anything.

Owen Fitzgibbon: Owen really liked the book. He thought it was a book for both boys and girls. He loved Wilbur as he was caring, friendly and a loyal pig.  His favourite bit was when Wilbur tried to escape. He liked all the characters. He thinks the book teaches you about friendship and helping others.

Niamh Hebblethwaite: Niamh really liked the book because she thought it was interesting. She thought that boys and girls can enjoy it. She liked Charlotte the best because she was all crafty, kind and sensitive to all her friends. She didn't like Fern because she liked boys! Her favourite part was when Wilbur found out he was going to be killed and Charlotte spoke to him and told him to stop squealing. She thinks the book teaches you that you cant always have friends forever but you can make new friends!

Books for February's book club
Books for 9-12 year olds.

"The wind in the willows" by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin Popular classics ISBN: 9780140621228  )
In this children's classic, we follow three animal friends Toad, Mole and Ratty and their protective Badger as they have fun and adventures in the menacing woods. Much of the books charm comes from the disastrous episodes of Toad. The endearing characters display many characteristics typical of us humans as they try to find their way in the world. Loved by children all over the world for many years, The Wind in the willows is a fantastic read accompanied by evocative and detailed illustrations of the English Countryside. 
"Sebastian Darke: Prince of fools" by Philip Caveney ( Bodley Head ISBN: 9780370329154 )
This is a funny adventure fairytale. Sebastian is the son of a human and an elf and takes on his father's job of jester. There's only one problem, he's just not that funny. Sebastian also has a buffalo sidekick Max and they meet all sorts of wonderful characters including warriors and princesses on his journey to a new land where he hopes to win the job of court jester

"Endymion Spring" by Matthew Skelton  ( Puffin ISBN: 9780141382395)
An exciting mystery story based on the premise that when Gutenburg was printing the first Bible in 1452 a chest was delivered to his shop decorated with dragons and serpents. Jump foward to the present day and St James College, Oxford where an American kid, Blake, finds a wordless book with the title "Endymion Spring" (Endymion was Gutenburg's assistant). The book is the key to the all the worlds' knowledge and following this Blake and his sister find themselves pursued by a Person in Shadow as they try to figure it all out. A thrilling adventure!

Price of books: Book prices may vary from shop to shop.

"Charlottes Web" ( Newberry Trophy ISBN: 0064400557) €4.99
Review copies provided by the publisher.

Books for Feb's Book Club:

(All books provided courtesy of Borders Bookstore, West End Retail Park, Blanchardstown)

"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame ( Penguin Popular Classics ISBN: 9780140621228)

"Sebastian Darke: Prince of fools" by Philip Caveney ( Bodley Head ISBN: 9780370329154 )

"Endymion Spring" by Matthew Skelton (Puffin ISBN: 9780141382395)

Book Club Vote:

The Books are

Book A: "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame ( Penguin Popular Classics ISBN: 978-0140621228  )

Book B:
"Sebastian Darke: Prince of fools" by Philip Caveney ( Bodley Head ISBN: 9780370329154 )

Book C:
"Endymion Spring" by Matthew Skelton (Puffin ISBN: 9780141382395)

To vote for your favourite book, just call 1512 71 70 71 and follow the instructions.  Or you can simply text BOOK A, BOOK B or BOOK C to 53555.
Texts and calls cost 25cent.