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Pandas

Panda books from The O'Brien Press are specially designed to introduce the beginner reader to the wonderful world of books. For 4-6 years -- exciting stories with lots of illustration and simple text.
Pandas have proven highly popular with young readers, both in Ireland and abroad.

'... These easy stories with their simple texts and lively illustrations should encourage even the most recalcitrant reader to curl up by the fire.' Sunday Independent

'The beauty in the Panda series lies in the humorous stories, the abundance of illustrations, the large print for first-time readers and the great sense of achievements for children on reading a 'big book' all by themselves' Sunday Business Post

'should appeal to children learning to read, including older children who are struggling.' The School Librarian

'O’Brien Panda books are one of the best places to start reading full-length books by yourself. Pandas form a series of more than 30 original stories, mainly by Irish writers, designed especially for young readers aged 5 plus, with plenty of illustrations and simple texts to help build confidence when tackling ‘proper’ stories for the first time, without teacher or parental instruction.' Evening Echo

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Muckeen the Pig

Written by and Illustrated by Fergus Lyons

Muckeen loves being dirty and muddy. And he loves his food. But when he is taken to market Muckeen does not like it at all! Still, Muckeen is a smart pig too and he finds a way out!
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Katie's Cake

Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Katie finds that it's not easy to replace icing once you've licked it all off the cake.
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Granny Makes a Mess

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Why does everyone blame Danny for the mess, when Granny did it?
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Barry's New Bed

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Moira McNamara

Your first real bed is a big adventure – but a little scary too!
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Danny's Sick Trick

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Danny hates Auntie Bessie's dinners so much that he decides to get sick so that he won't have to visit her! Another hilarious Danny story.
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Spotty Sally

Written by Anne Marie Herron, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Sally ADORES spots and dots and she'll never, ever get tired of them! Or will she?
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Danny and Baby Do It All

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Why does Danny Brown want his baby sister Susie's Baby Do-it-all? It can only mean more TROUBLE for poor Danny!
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Snip Snip!

Written by Creina Mansfield, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

Erin loves to cut things with her scissors, but cutting things can cause lots of trouble.
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My Dog Lively

Written by Patrick Deeley, Illustrated by Martin Fagan

Jenny finally gets the puppy she has always longed for, but she soon realises that pets can be a lot of hard work.
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No Shoes for Tom

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Suggs

Tom just HATES wearing shoes! He has such fun with his bare toes. But then the snow comes …
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Ducks in Trouble

Written by and Illustrated by Patrice Aggs

On the farm, some very strange noises are keeping the farmer awake!

Bad Hair Day

Written by Catherine Doolan, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

Finn is trying desperately to be cool, but nothing works. Until he tackles his hair...
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Conor's Cowboy Suit

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

When Conor's parents give him a present of a cowboy suit he wants to wear it all the time - even to school!
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The Big Brother

Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Alan Clarke

Dara will soon be a big brother! But what does a big brother do for a little baby?
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Conor's Concert

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Conor is learning the piano. He makes up his own very special music. But will it do for the concert?
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Strawberry Squirt

Strawberry Squirt is a great game, but the rabbits don't want Short Legs to play.
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