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. I live in Galway and I am looking forward to spending a lot more time in our lovely capital city. 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 will be 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.
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).
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.
Elīna Brasliņa is an illustrator from Latvia. She has illustrated thirteen titles, most of them children’s books and young adult novels. Her work has been nominated for local awards and the Kate Greenaway Medal and 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
The campaign has been running since 2012. Previous books chosen were : Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent (Alan Early); The Nightmare Club series; The Powers (Kevin Stevens); Danger is Everywhere (David O’Doherty and Chris Judge); The Book of Learning (E.R. Murray) Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Dave Rudden) and Making Millions (Erika McGann)
We are delighted to announce Making Millions by Erika McGann as the 2018 Citywide Reading for Children choice. This exciting adventure story, illustrated by Vince Reid, about the Bubble Street Gang is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-10 years.
“I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.” says Erika.
The aim of the reading campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure. The initiative is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with O’Brien Press, and runs from January to March 2018.
There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. Multiple copies of the book are now available in borrow in Dublin City Libraries. The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Get a flavour of the story by reading the first two chapters Making Millions
A useful guide for teachers and parents Making Millions Teachers Guide
National Library of Ireland, Kildare St. Monday 5th February at 11am
Author event with Erika McGann – Erika will read from her novel Making Millions and talk about the inspiration for writing the book, followed by fun word games and Q&A. Suitable for children 7-10 years. Teachers interested in booking their class for this event, please contact Bríd O’Sullivan at email@example.com Limited capacity. This event will last one hour.
Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square Saturday 10th February 3pm.
As part of the Citywide Reading Campaign, join author Erika McGann who will read and chat about writing her book Making Millions followed by a Q&A. Suitable for ages 6-10 years old.
Free admission. Booking not necessary – first come basis.
St. Patrick’s Festival. Big Day Out Merrion Square. Sunday 18thth March 12-5pm
We invite you to enter a world of fantasy. Join our creepy ghost tour, squeeze into our mysterious storytelling tent by torchlight, or try the shadow puppetry and illustration workshop, then leap into the exciting adventure room with puzzles and or see how bendable your are in our fun outdoor gymnastics zone. Special readings from the book will be provided from its author Erika McGann throughout the day. Suitable for ages 6+ More details will be available nearer the time at www.stpatricksfestival.ie
About The Campaign
The campaign has been running since 2012. Previous books chosen were : Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent (Alan Early); The Nightmare Club series; The Powers (Kevin Stevens); Danger is Everywhere (David O’Doherty and Chris Judge); The Book of Learning (E.R. Murray) and Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Dave Rudden).
The Book Cass and her best friends, Lex and Nicholas, are the Bubble Street Gang. They investigate crimes, solve mysteries and have brilliant adventures. They’ve even got their own secret clubhouse. Now the gang need money and they have some genius ideas on how to make it. But Cass also has a mystery to solve. Who is the invisible boy? And why can’t anyone else see him. Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they start Making Millions!
Photo by Lee Furlong
Erika McGann lives in Dublin and spends her time solving mysteries and having brilliant adventures (well, she writes about them anyway). She likes cold weather (because it’s an excuse to drink hot chocolate by the gallon) and cheesy jokes (because cheesy jokes are always funny, even when they’re not funny).
Making Millions is the second book in the new series for younger readers called Cass and the Bubble Street Gang. Erika’s books for older readers include The Demon Notebook (winner of the prestigious Waverton Good Read Award), The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival. The Clubhouse Mystery, the first book to feature Cass and the Bubble Street Gang, was published in Spring 2017.