Shona Shirley Macdonald The Pooka Party


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The Pooka is a magical shapeshifter who lives in the mountains all alone; fixing things, painting, dancing and singing. Suddenly, none of this seems fun any more, the Pooka realises that its lonely and hasn't seen its friends in ages!

After having some time to think, the Pooka decides to throw a big party and invite all of its friends. Join the Pooka as it attempts to throw the Pooka party of the century in this fun and beautifully illustrated picture book.

About the Author

Shona Shirley Macdonald is an award-winning illustrator/author, originally from Scotland and now living by the sea in County Waterford. Her other illustrated titles include An Feileacan agus an Ri written by Maire Zepf, which won the Gradam Reics Carlo (Book of the Year for Young Readers), and The Moon Spun Round: W.B. Yeats for Children, edited by Noreen Doody. She has also exhibited her work throughout Ireland in both solo and group shows, and internationally at the Bratislava Illustration Biennial. The Pooka Party was chosen for the 2020 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honor List and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018 - Children's Book of the Year (Junior), and the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year 2019.

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'A madcap tale of what to do if you feel sad and lonely, starring one shapeshifting hero with some musical monsters, flying cakes and a guest appearance by the Moon.'
- Belfast Telegraph

'a beautiful book for very young children about what to do when you feel sad or lonely'
- Tuam Herald

'such a cute book. I absolutely adore The Pooka ... A really lovely story that is super to read aloud and is full of fascinating and stunning illustrations that will give you plenty to talk about'
- Shelley Fallows

'With spirals, twirls and double spreads, there is an inventiveness, a boldness and a vibrant visual blend of text and illustration in this engaging story of the pooka. The non-gender pooka is a shapeshifter, suddenly faced with its aloneness and loneliness. The illustration style is as wild and unruly as the pooka itself. The story is touchingly told with minimal text, leaving us with a satisfying sense of show rather than tell.'
- Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards Shortlist

'Macdonald's art is what stands out in this story - her fantastical creatures are dynamic, quirky and will spark the imagination of little readers ... The night-time ending is a symphony of purples, greys and blues that are sure to evoke bedtime calm in little ones'
- Inis Magazine

'there is such a wealth of quality Irish-produced books this year and The Pooka Party by Shona Shirley Macdonald is no exception. A delightful story of being lonely and then belonging, accompanied by magical images'
- Sunday Independent


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