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Katriona's Xmas Kids Books!

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

It's the week before Christmas and kids books are as popular as ever when it comes to stocking fillers. Katriona McFadden is here with her top book recommendations for kids this Christmas!

Katriona McFadden
Kids Book Reviewer


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.

Katriona's Top Recommendations

TODDLER BOOKS

FARMYARD TALES: WIND-UP TRACTOR BOOK
R.R.P €18.99

Part of the "Usborne Farmyard Tales" series, this book presents three tractor stories retold with a twist. It also includes a miniature tractor, 3 tracks and pop-out models of various "Farmyard Tales" characters which slot firmly into the spaces around the track to complete the scenes.

OLIVER JEFFERS - THE WAY BACK HOME
R.R.P €14.99
Beautiful picture book by Northern Irish author Oliver Jeffers. Shining star Oliver Jeffers is back with this star spangled inter-galactic adventure tale in space!

5+ BOOKS

HANNAH MONTANA BEST OF BOTH WORLDS BOXSET
R.R.P €12.99

Featuring 4 Hannah Montana books. Hannah Montana is another Disney Channel phenomenon like High School musical. Miley Cyrus is a regular girl by day but superstar Hannah Montana by night. She's played by Miley Cyrus, daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (don't tell my heart, my achy breaky heart etc)

HORRID HENRY RULES THE WORLD - FRANCESCA SIMON
R.R.P €14.99
Ten 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.

9+ BOOKS

SNAKEHEAD - ANTHONY HOROWITZ              
R.R.P €12.99

This is THE book right now. Huge seller. Released at Halloween, it's the 7th book in the Alex Rider spy series. Set in Australia. Irish Rep is Conor Hackett 086 8518501

ALICE IN THE MIDDLE - JUDI CURTIN
R.R.P €?
4th book in the Alice series. Author from Limerick
Megan can't wait to go away to Summer Camp with her best friend Alice. It will be fantastic - no organic porridge, no school, nothing but fun! But when Alice makes friends with Hazel, Megan begins to feel left out. Hazel's pretty, sophisticated and popular, and Alice seems to think she's amazing.  Is Megan going to lose her very best friend?

11+ BOOKS

THE GOLDEN COMPASS - PHILIP PULLMAN
R.R.P €9.99

This book was written ten years ago and is simply brilliant. It's being re-released now to coincide with the movie that's just out. Think Lord of the Rings/Narnia. It's original name in Ireland and the UK was Northern Lights but it was released everywhere else as Golden Compass.

TWILIGHT - STEPHANIE MEYERS
R.R.P €9.99

Twilight is a young adult novel written by author Stephenie Meyer, originally published in hardcover in 2005, just hitting Ireland in the last few months. It is the genesis of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, a girl who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. The story is currently being adapted into a movie, which will begin filming in February of 2008.They have already casted Edward and Bella. Edward is being played by Robert Pattinson (known for performance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.) and Bella is being played by Kristen Stewart

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