If you’re giving a gift to a child between 5 and 12 years old, check to see if they’ve got a copy of The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle. When it turned up last year, it instantly earned a spot as one of the all-time best and funniest kids’ books – a guaranteed charmer. Doyle is a well-regarded author – he wrote The Commitments, later turned into the wonderful movie, and last year won awards for his novel about Ireland at the time of the republican revolution, A Star Called Henry. The Giggler Treatment is a gloriously funny lark.

I just found out that a sequel of sorts was published recently. If anything, it looks even funner than The Giggler Treatment. Rover Saves Christmas features the same infectious silliness that’s guaranteed to tickle the funnybone of the child that reads it. Except if you’re smart, you’ll read it out loud to them, so you can enjoy it too. Highly recommended! (But don’t tell my kids – it’s a surprise!)

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