Grainne Clear joined Ryan Tubridy this morning to discuss some of the best Children's books for Christmas 2013. It was a great piece with lots of chat about how picturebooks with no text (Journey by Aaron Becker) can challenge both parents and children to really 'look' at art and allow lots of interactive storytelling. Grainne spoke about The Powers which will be the Unesco/Dublin City Libraries 'One City One Book' for Children from January to March 2014. John Greene's 'Fault in our Stars' met rave reviews (movie adaptation release date- June 2014) as did Patrick Ness' 'More Than This' - I've always said that this is a difficult book to review but Grainne nailed it when she insisted that it is essentially a beautiful story about relationships.
Here's the full list.
Journey by Aaron Becker (this is getting so much review coverage)
The Dark by Jon Lassen and Lemony Snicket
The Powers by Kevin Stevens illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Oliver and the Seawigs By Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre
The Boy Who Swan with Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
After Tomorrow by Gillan Cross
Prim Improper by Deirdre Sullivan
The Fault in our Stars by John Geene
More than This by Patrick Ness
The Dark Satanic Mills (Graphic Novel) by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick