Our booksellers have chosen their favourite books for children of all ages, and for teens and young adults. Have a browse and find something to keep everyone happy (& quiet…) And remember – we offer Free Postage in ROI on orders over €30 – just choose the Free Postage option at checkout.

  • 'There are so many people in this world - 7.53 billion to be exact. But there is only one of me and one of you. It's easy to think we are not good enough, or that our nose is too big, or wish we could be more like our friends. But the world would be different without you. You are enough just as you are.. .' Sometimes it can seem like the world isn't built for you or like you don't belong. But why should you change who you are for the sake of others? Sinéad Burke is an advocate, activist, teacher, writer and British vogue cover model. She also happens to be a little person at three and a half feet tall. Reflecting on her experiences growing up, Sinéad offers a heartfelt and inspiring guide to young readers on believing in themselves and finding comfort and pride in their own skin. From the power of being different and discovering things you love about yourself, to using your voice to be an ally and show friendship to others, it's time to break the mould and find your place in the world. Great for Ages 7-12. ISBN 9781526363336
  • 'In an old part of Dublin, right down by the sea, There's a moon-shaped park with a creepy old tree. The Dublin Vampire lives there. The Vampire wakes up as the sun's going down. He hops on the ghost bus and rides into town. Have you seen the Dublin Vampire?' A funny, warm picture book set throughout Dublin, home to Dracula's creator, Bram Stoker. Featuring well-known sights around Dublin, including The Crescent (Marino), Five Lamps, O'Connell Bridge, Trinity, Grafton St, Natural History Museum, St Stephen's Green, Bewley's, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar. ISBN 9781788491198
  • Mr Gray is a very serious man. And he is in charge of a very old, very serious museum filled to the brim with stuffed animals. Mr Gray does not like people. He does not like children. In fact, he is most at home with things that are stuffed. So when a real live mouse decides to move into the Dead Zoo, Mr Gray is determined that she must go. That is, until he needs her help... Another instant classic from the creator of the award-winning President picture book series. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9780717191116
  • Uncle David and Simon are going to get married! There's lots to do, from making the invitations to arranging the decorations, but when the wedding rings go missing just before the ceremony, Bear the dog has to use all of his special skills to help save the day. This fun and engaging picture book is a celebration of love, family and weddings and is a gentle introduction for children to the idea of same-sex partnerships and marriage equality. Story by The Gutter Bookshop owner Bob Johnston (www.bobjohnstonbooks.com)., with wonderful illustrations by Michael Emberley (www.michaelemberley.com). Copies will be signed by Bob before dispatch - we'll email you once you've placed your order to see if you'd like any personal dedication added ('To Lucy' etc.) Also, you can let us know if you'd prefer an unsigned copy! Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9781788493147
  • A paperback edition of the'Samuel Johnson vs the Darkness Trilogy : The Gates, The Infernals, The Creeps' by John Connolly Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, these novels are about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy - and a quirky boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. The Gates: Samuel Johnson's neighbour Mrs Abernathy is trying to open the gates of hell. It's up to Samuel to stop her, except nobody will believe him, and time is running out. The Infernals (previously titled 'Hell's Bells'): Samuel and Boswell are pulled through a portal into Hell. But Mrs Abernathy has reckoned without their bravery and cleverness, or the loyalty of Samuel's friend, the demon Nurd, and Mr Merryweather's Elves. The Creeps: Samuel and Boswell are to be guests of honour at the opening of the greatest toyshop. A splendid time will be had by all, as long as they can ignore the sinister statue that keeps moving around the town, the Shadows that are slowly blocking out the stars, murderous elves, and the fact that, somewhere, a rotten black heart is beating a rhythm of revenge. ISBN 9781529312072
  • Ever wondered how we got from nothing to something? Or thought about how we can weigh the earth? Or wanted to reach the edge of the universe? Uncover the mysteries of time, space and life on earth in this extraordinary book - a journey from the centre of the planet to the dawn of the dinosaurs, and everything in between. And discover our own incredible journey, from single cell to civilisation, including the brilliant (and sometimes very bizarre) scientists who helped us find out the how and why. Adapted from A Short History of Nearly Everything, the ground-breaking bestseller, this book is stunningly illustrated throughout, and accessible for all ages Great for Ages 7-15. ISBN 9780241451946
  • Eoin McLaughlin and Rob Starling join forces to create a hilarious, not-so-spooky tale... This book is NOT a bedtime story. It's scary, strange and rather gory. Bedtime stories make you sleepy. This book won't. It's much too CREEPY. Except it isn't... this book is told by a group of monsters who think they're very scary, but in fact they're not - they're cute and cuddly. They try their hardest to scare you - in a haunted house, creepy wood, ghostly ship and darkest dark, but each time they fail! The problem is, these monsters aren't at all spooky. They're a bit silly, actually. And a bit cuddly. In fact, they share the insecurities and worries of us humans and all they want is a cosy, snoozy good night's sleep. Despite the title of this book it really is a bedtime story. A brilliant tale that reassures children, makes them laugh and gets them ready for a peaceful night's sleep. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9781843654384
  • A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams,And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems... In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn't playing with children her own age. Instead Marianne is alone, and digging for dinosaur bones to build a special sort of companion. Then, one night, she goes to sleep wishing with all her heart that her dinosaur might come to life... A very rare and special book where the words and pictures take you on a magical journey far beyond the page. Great for Ages 3-7. ISBN 9781408880548
  • A spectacular new title from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, creator of the million-copy selling, global phenomenon Here We Are! What shall we build, you and I? I'll build your future and you'll build mine. We'll build a watch to keep our time. A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm. From renowned, internationally bestselling picture-book creator and visual artist, Oliver Jeffers, comes this rare and enduring story about a parent's boundless love, life's endless opportunities and all we need to build a together future. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9780008382209
  • Dublin 1913. My name is Betty Rafferty. A few weeks ago I had to leave school and go out to work in a cake shop, serving fancy cakes to rude, rich people. No choice. But since then so much has happened. It all started when old Miss Warby took our pay away. And we walked out!The whole city - well, all us union members - are going out on strike. Even my dog Earnshaw has joined in!Life on the picket line in the lashing rain isn't much fun. Lots of people, like Peter Lawlor, just don't understand how unfair everything is. But we workers have to stand together - no matter what! ISBN 9781788491235
  • Enola Holmes might be the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, but she manages to outsmart him at every turn, creatively solving mysteries of her own... This exclusive set of the 6 original Enola Holmes novels with matching covers is only available from the USA on import and we have limited quantities available. NOTE - WE CURRENTLY EXPECT MORE STOCK FROM THE USA IN EARLY DECEMBER 2022 - WE WOULD EXPECT TO FULFILL ORDERS PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS BUT WE CANNOT GUARANTEE! PLEASE ONLY ORDER IF YOU ARE HAPPY TO WAIT. Book 1: The Case of the Missing Marquess When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother? Book 2: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady Enola Holmes is being hunted by the world’s most famous detective–her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But while she is on the run in the world’s biggest, darkest, dirtiest city, she discovers a hidden cache of charcoal drawings and feels as if she is a soul mate to the girl who drew them. But that girl, Lady Cecily, has disappeared without a trace. Braving the midnight streets, Enola must unravel the clues to find this left-handed lady, but in order to save her, Enola risks revealing more than she should. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret and find Lady Cecily, or will the one thing she is trying to save–her freedom–be lost forever? Book 3: The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes’s right-hand man, so when he goes missing, it’s a shock. Even Sherlock hasn’t the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued but wary; she’s still hiding from her older brothers, and getting involved could prove to be disastrous. But Enola can’t help but investigate, especially when she learns that a bizarre bouquet–with flowers all symbolizing death–has been delivered to the Watson residence. Enola knows she must act quickly, but can she find Dr. Watson in time? Book 4: The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it’s too late – but she doesn’t know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful truth: Lady Cecily is being held prisoner! Enola must risk her own freedom and join forces with her brother, the famed Sherlock Holmes, to free Cecily. Can Enola trust her brother, and can they save Cecily in time? Book 5: The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline Enola Holmes’s landlady, Mrs. Tupper, is the closest thing Enola has to family these days, besides her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock. Even though Mrs. Tupper is nearly deaf and can barely cook, she’s an endearing presence as Enola longs for her absent mother. So imagine her horror when Enola comes home to find Mrs. Tupper kidnapped! Who would take her, and why? And what does Florence Nightingale have to do with it? From the master of mystery Nancy Springer, here’s another absorbing adventure for our award-winning, unstoppable heroine, Enola Holmes. Book 6: The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself! Sherlock and Enola must solve a triple mystery: What has happened to their mother? And to Lady Blanchefleur? And what does either have to do with their brother, Mycroft?
  • Why do spiders make webs? Where do clouds come from? And how many leaves does a tree have? Inquisitive young children can discover the answers to these questions and many more in this beautifully illustrated information book, containing over 60 flaps to lift. A fascinating introduction to the natural world. Great for Ages 5-10 / ISBN 9781474928908
  • Join Trinity's Professor Luke O'Neill on the greatest journey of them all. From the very big to the very small - vast galaxies to microscopic atoms - travel through the wonders of the universe, the mysteries of the human body, and the tiny world of molecules. Discover the Irish scientists that have helped to shape our world and find out how to become one yourself. How do we measure the universe? Why do we need plants? How do our bodies repair themselves when we are ill? What species will exist on earth in a million years' time? Discover the answers to these questions and a lot more in this thrilling and engrossing large-format hardback book packed with fascinating phenomena, vibrant illustrations, experiments you can do yourself, and heaps of fun facts. ISBN 9780717185580 Great for Ages 7-12
  • The book behind the viral internet sensation of "The Scottish Granny" reading this story to her grandchild. A young boy suddenly notices a big problem - his bum has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated bum? A rocket bum? A robot bum? Find out in this silly, quirky tale with hilarious illustrations. Children and parents will love this book - no ifs, ands, or butts about it! ISBN 9781407196015
  • A boy on the run from his parents. An old man on the run from his children. They meet on the train to Dublin and listen to each other’s stories. They understand each other. What will be the result of this new friendship? This book won an Oireachtas prize and Gradam Réics Carló (Book of the Year) in 2014. In 2015 it won the prize for fiction at the 2015 Children’s Books Ireland book of the year awards, and also in 2015, the Literacy Association of Ireland’s Children’s Book Award. Irish Language Title. Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9781907494420
  • Celebrate life's ups and downs in this gorgeous paperback edition of the bestselling Dr. Seuss classic! Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places!You're off and away! For more than thirty years, this Dr. Seuss classic has carried us through life's ups and downs - from fun times and triumphs, to lurches and slumps!Take an entertaining look at the adventures life has in store for all of us in this very special paperback edition of the beloved classic. The perfect gift for every moment in life, from graduations, weddings and birthdays, to those when you just need a little lift. ISBN 9780008201487
  • A dark, feminist retelling of ‘The Children of Lir’ told in Sullivan’s hypnotic prose. A retelling of the favourite Irish fairytale ‘The Children of Lir’. Aífe marries Lir, a king with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aífe turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aífe, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character. Voiced in Sullivan’s trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine – the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA. With stunning black and white illustrations by new Irish illustrator Karen Vaughan. Perfect for older teens (15+). ISBN 9781912417674
  • Meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox, Rocket - she's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But... can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars? Bursting with energy and passion about science and space, this heart-warming, inspirational picture book will have readers turning off their screens and switching on to the outside world. "Outstanding - a breath of fresh air, just like Rocket herself" - Kirkus Reviews "Energetic and with a wry, sweet take on family dynamics, it will alert readers to the mysteries of the night skies" - The Guardian Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020. Great for Kids 0-6 ISBN 9780241345849

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