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Book Worms May 08 - Summer Kids Books

Monday, 19 May 2008

Katriona McFadden Profile:
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 5 Book Recommendations for the summer:

Under 5s
Buzz Off!
By Gordon Green
R.R.P. €7.99 
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Buzz Off! is the story of a busy, buzzy, tired little fly. He just wants a warm bed for the night, but in the farmyard where he lives the other animals are not much help, and offers of a bed are not always what they seem. His plans are all in a bit of a mess... So, how will it end? A soft pillow? Clean sheets? Or will things get even MESSIER!

Summer Fun
Holiday Doodle Book
By Michael O Mara
R.R.P. €5.99

This is a doodle book, a journal and a scrap book - the perfect purchase for any child heading off on holiday. It includes over 50 holiday-themed doodles to complete. No drawing skills required. Guaranteed to distract kids on long journeys. Kids can let their imaginations run wild - design their own sandcastle; label and fill their own suitcases; decide what is hiding in the rockpool; and, draw what sitting on the luggage carousel.Doodles and activities include: Design your own postcard; Draw your holiday home; What money are you spending? Which was your favourite day this holiday? What is dad cooking on the campfire? Draw your favourite holiday dish? Design a flag for your family; Fill the beach with seashells; and, Draw the twists and turns of a rollercoaster.

Shannon the Ocean Fairy
By Daisy Meadows
R.R.P. €6.99

It's the summer holidays and Rachel and Kirsty are visiting Kirsty's grandma, who lives by the sea. After discovering a magical shell on the beach and being whisked away to Fairyland, the girls discover that the fairies need their help. Naughty Jack Frost has stolen Fairyland's three enchanted pearls and this is causing chaos in the oceans and mixing up daytime and night-time! The girls must help Shannon the Ocean Fairy explore a magical underwater world (meeting many strange and wonderful sea-creatures along the way!), outwit Jack Frost and his goblin henchmen, and return each of the enchanted pearls to their rightful place...

By Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
R.R.P. €8.99

The 'Tunnels' adventure is far from over for Will Burrows. In his quest to find his father, Will is plunged even deeper underground. And as if things weren't bad enough already in the heat and the darkness, he stumbles across a Styx plot with terrible implications for the world above. And a sister who isn't finished yet... The thrilling sequel to the international publishing sensation 'Tunnels'.

Gossip Girl, The Carlyles
By Cecily von Ziegesar
R.R.P. €6.99

New series of books from the author of the hottest teen series & tv show for teenagers.

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