Patricia Forde To the Island


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Author: Patricia Forde

Date Published: 10-Sep-2020

Fia longs to go to the mysterious island, where the air is thick with secrets. One night a moonbeam stretches across the bay and leads her there. She rides on the back of a gilded butterfly, dances up the stars in the sky and down to the bed of the sea... A lyrical story by the award-winning author of Fidget the Wonder Dog and Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth.

About the Author
Patricia Forde has published several picturebooks as well as three novels for children with Little Island Books. She has won two White Raven Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year. THE WORDSMITH is a Library Association of America Notable Book for Children. Its sequel, MOTHER TONGUE, was published in 2019. BUMPFIZZLE THE BEST ON PLANET EARTH was the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read 2019. Her debut picturebook in English, FIDGET THE WONDER DOG, is published by Puffin in April 2020.
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'Beautiful, ethereal, magical. This original picture book captures the imagination of all who read it; it genuinely feels you are holding something magical in your hands.'

-- Joanna Hewish * Reading Zone *

'To the Island is an enchanting picture book ... a tale that's imbued with old magic and folklore.'

-- Rachel Caddick * Get Kids into Books *

'With lyrical writing, Patricia Forde has created a journey that is filled with magic, imagination and swirling, textural imagery that is echoed to perfection in the beautiful illustrations by Nicola Bernardelli ... Evocative, magical, soothing and full of quiet, glorious wonder.'

Mary Esther Judy
Fallen Star Stories

'Nicola Bernardelli's illustrations are suffused with light and glimmering tendrils of magic, which spin through a blushing twilight sky. However, they also provide us with a bird's eye view of Galway city as Fia flies above it, her long red hair trailing in the wind. The city's natives and visitors alike will enjoy identifying landmarks as much as learning of the local legend.'

-- Sara Keating * The Irish Times *

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