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Our Childrens’ Favourite Books Part 2


Laura M & Sinéad brought their kids’ favourite books to our November meeting.

Nathan’s Favourites (Aged 9) 


Anything Roald Dahl, just finished Going Solo and is really excited to read the BFG next
Ninja Meerkats series – what boy doesn’t love Ninjas & Meerkats 🙂
Garth Nix – The Seventh Tower series is brilliant.

Leon’s Favourites (Aged 6)

Dinosaur Cove Series – great for bedtime stories.  Exciting with illustrations on every page
Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch – Paul Bright & Michael Terry – All three kids from 2 up to 9 enjoy this one.  This has started a catch phrase in the house Lub-oo Daddy-normous!
Harry and the Dinosaurs and the Bucketful of Stories – Ian Whybrow Adrian Reynolds

Ciarán’s Favourites (Aged 4)

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
Go Tell it to the Toucan – Colin West
Calm Down Boris, Sam Lloyd
Usborne Nativity touchy feely 
The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson

Cathal’s Favourites (Aged 2)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?   Bill Martin Jr

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

That’s not my Puppy

Robyn’s Favourites (Aged 2)

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley – Beautifully illustrated and has proved to be popular with all of the kids.  Sentimental about this one because it was the first book Nathan ever read by himself 🙂

Scaredy Squirrel Series by Melanie Watt.  Love reading these, they make me laugh too 🙂  About a paranoid squirrel who is scared of everything, but it always turns out well in the end.
Sitting Ducks – Michael Bedard.  A charming little story about an alligator who works in a duck factory (hatching eggs to grow ducks to feed the alligators!).  He secretly takes an egg home and makes friends with the duck who starts a duck revolution!  Bought this for me one day in Dubray Books when we were wandering down Shop St. – really bought it for me, but the boys have loved it and now Robyn too 🙂

Felix’s Favourites (7 months)

Anything ‘That’s not my…’ books are brilliant from 3/4 months
Tails – Matthew Van Fleet. Gorgeous touchy feely book great for little ones, boys or girls, sent from family in the States for Leon.  Robyn really loves this one.
Where’s That Fish? – Dan Crisp.  A clever little book with a cut out that makes it look like it the goldfish you’re looking for on the next page but it’s always something else.  But there’s a happy ending.

Our Children’s Favourite Books Part 1


We brought our kids’ favourite books to discuss at book club this month. As not everyone made it to book club we will do it again at November’s meeting.  Here are Orlaith, Oran, Leo, Oscar and Giuseppe’s favourites.

Orlaith’s Favourites

That’s Not my Monster by Fiona Watt

Vtech Peek A Boo


Oran’s Favourites

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

That’s not my tractor by Fiona Watt


Giuseppe & Leo’s Favourites

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

One Ted fell out of Bed by Julia Donaldson

Usbourne Fairy Tales for Little Children

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Oxford Reading Tree First Experiences set

Tales from Acorn Woods by Julia Donaldson

Oscar’s Favourites

Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

The Topsy Turvies by Francesca Simon

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Díolaim Beag


November’s Book – Solace by Belinda McKeon


Sinéad chose ‘Solace’  by Belinda McKeon for November’s book.




From the back cover:

Mark Casey has left home, the rural Irish community where his family has farmed the same land for generations. He is a doctoral student in Dublin, a vibrant, contemporary city full of possibility. But to his father, Tom, who needs help baling the hay and ploughing the fields, Mark’s pursuit isn’t work at all, and they are set on a collision course, while Mark’s mother negotiates a fragile peace.

To escape the seemingly endless struggle of completing his thesis, Mark finds himself whiling away his time with pubs and parties. His is a life without focus or responsibility, until he meets Joanne Lynch, a trainee solicitor whom he finds irresistible – and who he later discovers happens to be the daughter of a man who once spectacularly wronged Mark’s father, and whose betrayal Tom has remembered every single day for twenty years.

Joanne too has escaped the life circumscribed by her overbearing father, and she is torn between the opportunities to succeed in this new wealthy Dublin and the moral dilemmas it presents. But for a brief time Mark and Joanne are able to share the chaos and rapture of a love affair, an emotional calm, until the lightning strike of tragedy changes everything.

Fresh, sensitive and genuinely brave, Belinda McKeon is a startling new talent in the great Irish mould, and Solace is a work to be admired equally for its spare, intense lyricism as its range, understanding, and deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is lived now.

Book choices update


Taking it in turns to choose books is working well I think. The next few turns are:

Laura M – October
Sinéad – November
Siobhán – December

The previous choices were:

Anne Marie – Birdsong
Merle – Pigeon English
Jennie – Fifty Shades of Grey
Laura K – The Housekeeper and the Professor

Remember books chosen two months ahead so Laura M you up next. 🙂

Around Quarter Past’s 2nd Birthday – September 2012


Around Quarter Past started in September 2010, who would have thought we’d be still going two years later.

We have read 27 books in that time!

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Trespass by Rose Tremain
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
  • On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
  • My Fat Brother by Jim Keeble
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
  • Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
  • Watermelon by Marian Keyes
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Book Swap – The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright, The day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Touching Earth by Rani Manicka
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

So any ideas to mark the occasion of our second birthday? All ideas welcome. I’m happy to host if its not something we can do in our usual meeting place.