Saturday, July 30, 2011

Top 10 crime for July 2011


1. First Thrills by Lee Child
2. The Set-Up by Felix Riley
3. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
4. Live Wire by Harlan Coben
5. Buried Secrets by Joesph Finder
6. Vanished by Joseph Finder
7. Gallows Bird by Camilla Lackberg
8. The Terror of Living by Urban Waite
9. Three Seconds by Roslund & Helmstrom
10. Back of Beyond by C.J. Box

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray- reviewed by Orna

Daniel 'Skippy' Juster is a second year student at Seabrook School based in South County Dublin. His eccentric roommate Ruprecht is experimenting with string theory and his girlfriend is a frisbee-throwing siren. Skippy Dies is a hilarious story of school, southsiders, prescription drug abuse and first love. This book reminded me of the Ross O'Carroll Kelly series, I laughed the whole way through, really enjoyed it!


This year's Junior Art Competition was an enormous success. We had over one hundred entries of a very high standard with drawings depicting popular storybook characters. Some of our favorites included the three little pigs, the very hungry caterpillar and Diary of a Wimpy Kid characters.

The art competition was one of several events that made up the 'Malahide Has It' weekend. Much fun was had by all and we can't wait for next year's festival!

See below for the list of competition winners and photographs.

5 Year Old Category

Sophie Ryan | Runner Up
AĆ­ne Banable | Third Prize
Kiey Kennedy | Second Prize
Maia Gabbie | First Prize

6-8 Year Old Category

Dearbhail Devally | Runner Up 
Ciara Mahon | Runner Up
Katelyn Moriarty | Third Prize 
Molly Fitzpatrick | Second Prize
Cian Whitney | First Prize

10 Year Old Category

Amy Dooley | Runner Up
Jake Fine | Runner Up
Dara Fine | Second Prize

Mia O'Grady | First Prize & Overall Winner

Mia O'Grady | First Prize | 10+ Category

Sophie Ryan | Runner Up | 5 Year Old Category

Maia Gabbie | First Prize | 5 Year Old Category
Ciara Mahon | Runner Up | 6-8 Category

Katelyn Moriarty | Third Prize | 6-8 Category

Cian Whitney | First Prize | 6-8 Category

Amy Dooley | Runner Up | 10+ Category

Jake Fine | Runner Up | 10+ Category

Dara Fine | Second Prize | 10+ Category

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Booker Prize 2011- Long List

The Booker Prize long list for 2011 was announced today with some interesting titles.

Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side
Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie
Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues
Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child
Stephen Kelman Pigeon English
Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days
A.D. Miller Snowdrops
Alison Pick Far to Go
Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb
D.J. Taylor Derby Day

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Malahide Festival

All the Village Books team had a fantastic day yesterday at the Malahide Has It Festival. We had amazing weather and lots of fun at our Art Competition, Where's Wally and Storytime. We will be ringing the winners of the Art Competition this week. Thanks to everyone for visiting us at the festival and taking part in the fun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Malahide has it!

Village Books is really excited about the Malahide festival this Saturday. Make sure you come and visit us on the green for Where's Wally, Art and Story time. See you then!

Saturday, July 16, 2011




Part of the 'Malahide Has It' Festival 2011

Join us down on the Village Green on Saturday July 23rd from 1pm for various book related festivities.

Junior Art Competition

Why not create a piece of art illustrating your favourite storybook character?

Harry Potter, Alfie Green, Matilda, Skulduggery Pleasant, Thomas, Horrid Henry, the Gruffalo, Winnie the Pooh, Padington…. Whoever! The choice is yours and we’ll supply all the materials.

PRIZES GALORE for the best pictures!

© 1987-2011 From the
Where's Wally? books by
Martin Handford
Where's Wally?

Wally will be roaming around the village. If you spot him, talk to him you'll get a voucher for a FREE 'Where's Wally?' book to be collected from VILLAGE BOOKS.

Story Time!

Find the story booth and listen to your favourite tales narrated by the wonderful Mary McNamera. 

All events are FREE and children of all ages are welcome. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011


We have had a very successful year of Junior Book Clubs with children ranging in age from 9-13 years old.

Along the way we discovered a number of top class reads, from heartbreaking non fiction like 'Chinese Cinderella' to classic adventure in 'Kensuke's Kingdom' and just plain entertainment in 'Mr. Stink'.

Although, as with all great journeys, we came across a couple of let downs like the disappointing Irish read 'Dancing in the Dark' and 'Framed' that just seemed to lack momentum.

Together with input from the kids we have come up with a diverse list of reads for the summer to suit any taste.

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Secret Garden by Fances Hodgson Burnett
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Wildflower Girl by Martina Conlon McKenna
Milo and the Restart Button by Alan Silberberg
The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig

VILLAGE BOOKS would like to extend our warmest thanks to all the kids who participated in the Junior Book Clubs this year. They have taught us what's hot and what's not on the bookshelves!!!

Have a great summer!