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Citywide Read


We are delighted to announce Bumpfizzle The Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, as the 2019 Citywide Reading for Children choice. This fun story is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-9years.

“I am delighted and very excited that Bumpfizzle The Best on Planet Earth is the 2019 Citywide Read.   Bumpfizzle is an alien, which may attract some funny business from other planets, but I think Dublin children are up for that. I sincerely hope so.  We may need heroes before this is over. “ says Patricia Forde.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Little Island Books, and runs from January to March 2019. The aim is to encourage children to read for pleasure.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops.  The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

You can download a Reading Guide to the book, suitable for teachers and parents Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth Book Guide

The Book

Bumpfizzle is an alien, sent to Earth from Planet Plonk on a research mission. Or is he really just a ten-year-old boy who is feeling a bit disgruntled at all the attention his parents are lavishing on The Baby? It is up to readers to make up their own minds. Bumpfizzle’s confusion at Earthling behaviours, as reported in his diary and his frequent reports back to Planet Plonk, are hilarious  and his adventures are ridiculous, from eating the cat’s food to biting his teacher (to check if humans would make a good source of food for Plonkers).

The Author

Patricia Forde has published numerous books for children in English and in Irish, and has written two plays, as well as several television drama series for children and teenagers. She has worked as a writer on both English and Irish language soap operas. In another life, she was a primary school teacher and the artistic director of Galway Arts Festival.

The Illustrator

Elīna Brasliņa is an illustrator from Riga, Latvia. She has illustrated fifteen titles to date, most of them picturebooks, children’s books and young adult novels. Her work has been nominated for many local awards as well as the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. She has twice received the Zelta Abele Award for Book Design, as well as the Janis Baltvilks Baltic Sea Region Award (2017)

About The Campaign

This is the eighth year of the reading initiative.  Books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign in previous years included Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves, The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge, The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden and last year’s book was Making Millions by Erika McGann.

Key Events During the Campaign

  • Author visits to Dublin City Public Library branches between January and March. Class visits booked locally at branch libraries.
  • Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7, Tuesday 29th January at 3.30pm                          Author event with Patricia Forde, where she will read and discuss her book Bumpfizzle The Best on Planet Earth  Free. Booking advising at or ph. 8691414
  • The National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. Thursday 7th February at 10am                                                                                                                                                           Author visit with Patricia Forde. Availability for up to two classes (suitable for 1st-3rd classes)   Booking required: Contact Bríd O’Sullivan
  • Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 Saturday 16th March 11am-12pmAs part of the Citywide Reading Campaign, join author Patricia Forde who will read from her book Bumpfizzle followed by a Q&A. Patricia will be accompanied by illustrator Elīna Brasliņa who will discuss the illustrations she made for Patricia’s book as well as leading a practical demonstration on what it takes to make a great illustration!  Suitable for ages 6-10 years old.

          Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited


  • St Patrick’s Festival

Author Patricia Forde and illustrator Elīna Brasliņa will take part in special Citywide Reading events during St. Patrick’s Festival at their Festival Village in Merrion Square. More details nearer the time at or