Books For Easter

We select five great Easter gifts for the kids - and some perfect ideas for you

That's Not My Bunny by Fiona WattUsborne �5.99There are bunnies galore in this brightly coloured board book with different textures for inquisitive little fingers to touch and feel on every page. The very young will love the chance this book offers to feel a furry ear, tickle a paw or touch a cottontail. Spot's First Easter by Eric HillPuffin �5.99It's Spot's first Easter and the Easter bunny has hidden some eggs for him to find. There's lots of fun to be had for young readers as they join in the search. Colourful illustrations with bold easy to follow text make this a delightful book for young children.The Odd Egg by Emily GravettMacmillan Children's Books �5.99Duck is delighted to find an egg of his own to look after. It's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's very odd indeed - and everyone's in for a BIG surprise when it finally hatches.Peter Rabbit and the Egg HuntFrederick Warne �7.99Peter Rabbit is a good little bunny (most of the time!) and now he's getting ready to celebrate Easter. He fetches some groceries for his mother, helps himself to some vegetables in Mr McGregor's garden and joins his friends for a fantastic Easter egg hunt! Help him search for the eggs hidden in the garden by lifting the flaps and pulling the tabs in this gorgeous gift book.Ten Chirpy Chicks by Debbie TarbettLittle Tiger Press �8.99Follow the adventures of ten bright, bold 3D chicks as one by one their numbers diminish from page-to-page in this fun and funky counting book. But don't worry, all ten chicks are reunited in a surprise pop-up ending!The Dead Republic by Roddy DoyleJonathan Cape �17.99This is the third and final book in Roddy Doyle's trilogy which tells the bloody story of twentieth century Ireland through the life of Henry Smart, a boy volunteer at the GPO Easter Rising in 1916 and hitman for Michael Collins. After spending thirty years in America Smart returns to Ireland after 30 years in America. When he is caught in a bomb blast, he finds himself a hero: the old IRA veteran blown up by a UVF bomb. Wheeled out by the Provos, Henry is to find he will have other uses too, when the peace process begins in deadly secrecy...Blueeyedboy by Joanne HarrisDoubleday �18.99Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer. Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on a webjournal called badguysrock, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the multiple personalities, disguise and mind games that are offered by playing out a life on the internet.The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'FarrellHeadline Review �16.99When the bohemian, sophisticated Innes Kent turns up by chance on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London.  There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life for herself, with Innes at her side.  In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child.  Elina, a painter, struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood, memories that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, so an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.Apples For Jam by Tessa KirosMurdoch Books �17.99Inspired by the excitement and simplicity of childhood, Tessa has brought together recipes based around colourful and pure fresh ingredients that create uncomplicated and delicious family meals. From the comfort of soups and roasts, to the striking colours of beetroot gnocchi and mango sorbet, to the simplicity of rice pudding with nutmeg, this book weaves recipes with reflections and hopes.

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