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Junior Book Club 

Thursday, 20 September 2007

It's a book club bonanza today on The Afternoon Show and Katriona McFadden is here to launch our monthly Junior Book Club!!

Katriona McFadden
Book Club Chair

Katriona 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.

Imaginosity the Children's Creative Space is Dublin's first interactive children's museum for children and their families.

It opened in Sandyford, Dublin 18, in August 2007.
Children's museums are the fastest growing museum type in the world, with over 20 in Europe and 350 in the USA.
As Europe's newest, we are thoroughly committed to serving the educational and social development needs and interests of young children.
Located in the exciting new Beacon South Quarter neighbourhood of Sandyford, Imaginosity is a striking 16,000 square feet/1500 square metre interactive centre for learning that incorporates the latest green technologies and is packed with carefully designed spaces and exhibitory that reflect our current knowledge of children's developmental needs.


They are a family of 4 home schooled kids from Windy Arbour in Dublin

Ben(14)                                                                                                                            His favourite book is the Lord of The Rings. He has been reading since a very young age and he would usually reading for long periods every day.

Robyn (10)                                                                                                                         Robyn's favourite book of all time is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She reads at least once every day.

Eva (8)                                                                                                                                  Eva's actual favourite book is Everything on a Waffle which her Dad read to her. She reads 4 or 5 times a day on the sofa or in bed.

Matthias (6)                                                                                                                     Matthias is a very good reader for his age and also loves when their dad Brendan reads to them as a family.

What's being reviewed. . .


Basically this is a kid's version of Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' co- and re-written with his daughter Lucy.

Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages.

George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos?

George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science.

Garry Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos.

About the Authors
LUCY HAWKING is the author of two adult novels, and has written for the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, The Times and the Evening Standard and has been a guest presenter and regular contributor on radio.

STEPHEN HAWKING is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge and is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. His adult book A Brief History of Time has been a publishing sensation.

CHRISTOPHE GALFARD (PhD) is a former research student of Stephen Hawking and has collaborated on the scientific storyline, details and images within this book. Christophe now lives in France, where he works on explaining science in entertaining ways. (Source:

Children's Thoughts On The Book:

Ben (14)                                                                                                                            Ben found the scientific elements of the book extremely interesting. However he felt the story could have been much stronger. He wouldn't normally look at a book for its pictures but this had some excellent graphics also. He felt the authors got their point across very well.

Robyn (10)                                                                                                                         Unlike Ben Robyn thought the story was great and it had loads of brilliant facts included. There was some stuff she had never even heard of before and she felt she learned a lot from it. And although she was learning, it didn't feel like work or at all boring!

Eva (8)                                                                                                                                  Eva was the first to finish the book and she thought it was really good. She said it was great to read a book with a good story while learning loads at the same time.

Matthias (6)                                                                                                                  Matthias loved reading the book and having it read to him by his parents. He thought it was very good and he loved the pictures as well.    



This might be nice as it's a children's classic with a new twist. They've roped in Lauren Child to illustrate the book. (She created the famous characters Charlie and Lola)

In 1950, Viking published the original English version of Pippi Longstocking, the story of an irrepressible red-haired, freckle-faced girl who lived with a monkey and a horse, slept with her feet on the pillow, and found her way into the hearts of children all over the world. Now, Astrid Lindgren's best-selling book has been given a sparkling new translation by the awardwinning Tiina Nunnally and delightful full-color illustrations by the critically acclaimed Lauren Child. This large-format gift book is sure to become the definitive edition of a favorite classic.  


Horrid Henry is always a hit with reluctant readers and little boys. This is a best-of compilation.

Ten side-splitting stories, chosen from earlier books, revolving around Horrid Henry's school days: his attempts to get out of Nurse Needle's injections and sabotage Miss Impatience Tutu's dance class, his cunning ploy to be off school sick, his determination to meet the Queen, win at football and star in the Christmas play, and much more. In his dreams he is King Henry the Horrible, and everyone does just what he says - but Horrid Henry knows that life's not like that. A spot-the-hidden-object picture, Henry's inventive sick notes, a letter from Buckingham Palace, pages from his diary, photos from the school year book and lots more extra material fills a book that's just as much fun as HORRID HENRY'S BIG BAD BOOK, WICKED WAYS and EVIL ENEMIES.


Dugald brings out a different -ology book each year, written from the perspective of a fictional expert. So far there has been Dragonology, Egyptology, Wizardology etc.. Good for boys and full of gorgeous illustrations. This one looks at Greek mythology.

In the early nineteenth century, an English nobleman embarked on a tour of the sites of ancient Greece. He brought as his guide a primer on Greek myths written by his friend Lady Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had recently taken the same voyage. In the true Romantic spirit, Lady Hestia's book was not only lavishly illustrated but also boasted many paper crafts and novelties, including a card game featuring the twelve Olympians, an oak-leaf oracle of Zeus, a pop-up Pandora's box (with hope still inside), a booklet retelling the tale of Odysseus, a piece of the Golden Fleece, a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman on the River Styx, and many more flaps, foldouts, and other surprises. The nobleman added his own witty comments and drawings along the way, but seems to have wished for something odd at the Delphic oracle: as the book nears its end, it slowly begins to turn . . .to gold. Now, for lovers of Greek myths and those just discovering their timeless power, this fascinating volume is faithfully reproduced with all its Romantic ambience, clever wit and novelty features intact..

How to vote
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.   

Books Available Nationwide:
Book prices may vary from shop to shop

Hardback R.R.P €19.75 
ISBN: 0385611811

Hardback R.R.P €18.99 
ISBN: 0192782401

Hardback R.R.P €16.70 

Hardback R.R.P €22.99