If you’re not familiar with the work of the current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey then the Gigantic Turnip, winner of the 1999 Mother Goose award, is a great place to start.
The Gigantic Turnip is a tale from Russia, retold here by Aleksei Tolstoy, about an old woman, an old man and a rather large turnip. The rhythm of the story keeps a nice pace, and a big dash of humour is added by Sharkey’s illustrations; there is a nice refrain that children will be able to pick up and join in with until the turnip pops out of the ground causing a rather large animal pile-up. There are some tricks with the text too, which I love in books aimed at younger children as it attracts non-readers to the words as well as the pictures. This version is aimed at the 3-7 age group and is ideal for reading aloud to the younger children, while also having a good body of text to keep independent readers happy.
Did you know… NIamh Sharkey is the Creator of Henry Hugglemonster on Disney Jnr.