At Gobblefunked we have a unique team of reviewers, ranging from new mums and ‘professional’ aunties to publishing professionals, teenagers, budding authors and YA enthusiasts – of course all lovers of children’s books.
Don’t forget we’re always on the lookout for new reviewers to join our team. If you’re interested in reviewing for us just complete this form and we will be in touch.
The ‘brains’ behind the operation, Anne and Linda are first and foremost book lovers. Find out what else makes them tick below.
Linda Crosbie is based in Dublin, Ireland and works in educational publishing and eLearning.
An ex-children’s bookseller, Linda is a self-proclaimed book nerd and loves Roald Dahl, Oliver Jeffers, Freya Blackwood, Shirley Hughes, Raymond Briggs and Patrick Ness to name but a few. She firmly believes in the quote: “children are made readers on the laps of their parents”, and wants to help parents find the right book for their little one.
Anne Whelton is based in Dublin, Ireland where she works in web publishing.
A classicist at heart when it comes to children’s literature, Anne is also the first to admit she read (and enjoyed) her fair share of Sweet Valley High books as a child. Some of her favourite books for children include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The BFG and Charlotte’s Web, but she also loves anything by Oliver Jeffers and Benji Davies.
Our eclectic band of reviewers all have one thing in common – they love books! From fiction to fantasy, picture books to poetry; find out what our reviewers do in the ‘real world’ and what they like to read by clicking on their names below.
Aonghus Ó hAlmhain
Aonghus Ó hAlmhain is a software engineer and father of three based in Co. Wicklow. He is enthusiastic about Irish language literature and regularly blogs about books for both children and adults.
Alison Buck has an MA in Literature and Publishing and lives in Seattle, WA. She is fortunate enough to work in the bookstore in which she cultivated her love of literature and spends her free time reading.
Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She has a coterie of nieces and nephews, plus a young brother and sister with whom she enjoys sharing some of her own childhood favourites.
Emma Coonan loves good stories which captivate and transport the reader, whether that’s through a wardrobe, on holidays with five friends, or following the adventures of a mackintosh sporting bear.
Shauna Daly has an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI, Galway and currently works in the publishing industry. She enjoys fashion and art, and has a talent for wasting hours in bookshops.
Anna James is a Melbourne-based picture book enthusiast. Recently graduated from university, she considers picture books nothing less than an exciting and unique art form.
Julie Le Blanc
Julie Le Blanc completed her PhD on Irish and British Children’s Literature in TCD in 2016. She’s particularly interested in medieval Irish stories, outer space, and hobbits, but not necessarily in that order.
Niamh Mac Sweeney
Dubliner Niamh Mac Sweeney works in publishing. She loves to write, read, bake and make fluffy felt creations. And when she isn’t doing all that, she spends her spare time (and money) in bookshops.
Mia Montagliani is a lawyer, marketing expert, dog trainer and most importantly a devotee of children’s literature. On top of all of this she aspires to become a published picture book author.
Jennifer Mooney is a primary school teacher, living in Dublin, with a great love for children and YA books. When she's not teaching, she is working on her first book for children.
Anne Murray is a primary school teacher with aspirations to be many other things when she grows up! She has always loved reading and is mammy to a one-year-old picture book fan.
Jo O'Brien is currently studying for an MLitt. in Publishing Studies in the University of Stirling. She enjoys reading and reviewing book as she attempts to forge a career in publishing.
Rachel Sneyd is a Dublin-based tutor. As a child she invented a fear of the dark so that she could keep her light on and read all night. These days she stays up late to write her own stories.
Based in Melbourne, Sophie Suelzle works in publishing and heads up the Australian Gobblefunked team. She loves to read and considers herself a competitive scrabble player.
Our specialist booksellers’ corner, the members of the Kids Book Crew are all booksellers or book buyers from some of Ireland’s top book stores. Check out reviews by the crew for advice on the best new releases and more.
Children's buyer and bookseller at Dubray Books
Lisa Corr has been a children's bookseller for 10 years. She has a Master's in Children's Literature, coupled with a passion for kids' books that just won't quit. Lisa particularly enjoys reading and reviewing teenage and young adult books.
Former children's bookseller
Ruth McInerney has been a member of a library since the age of two, setting her off on a book-filled life path. She has three university degrees, all somehow book-related and has worked in bookshops for a number of years. She loves children's and YA literature and swears she'll be reading it until she hits her nineties.
Senior children's bookseller at Waterstones Drogheda
Lisa Redmond is the senior children's bookseller and has been bookselling for 15 years. She regularly writes fiction, and reviews books for various publications and her own blog. She is also kept busy by running a children's creative writing workshop and books clubs.
An important cog in the Gobblefunked wheel, our talented teen reviewers are what Gobblefunked is all about! Read about their hobbies, hopes and dreams below.
Based in Dublin, Ciarán Howley is a 15-year-old self-confessed bookworm. His hobbies include reading, writing and attending book clubs.
Mair Kelly is 16 years old and hails from Co. Cork. An avid reader, Mair especially loves detective novels. Her favourite authors are Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy and Terry Pratchett.
Miriam Kelly is a 15-year-old student from Dublin. Rarely seen without a book in her hand, Miriam’s favourite genres include YA fiction, dystopian and action/adventure.
16-year-old Maedbh McEvoy hails from Kerry, where she is a student in an all-Irish speaking boarding school. An avid reader, Maedbh loves thrillers/crime fiction and her favourite author is John Connolly.
Sarah O’Donovan is 16 years old and from Co. Cork. She adores YA fiction and hopes to one day write her own novel. Sarah's favourite books are 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro and 'It' by Stephen King.
Based in Melbourne, Australia Kalina O'Reilly has her sights set on a future in writing. She loves to read and enjoys reading classics, fantasy and YA as well as trying her hand at fan-fiction.
If you would like to review books for Gobblefunked, please just complete our reviewer application form.