Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers
Edited by ex-Children's Laureate Siobhan Parkinson, seven top Irish writers write brand new fairy tales for the 21st century, but with plenty of the magic, wisdom and laughter that we find in the traditional Irish tales. Including wolves and dragons, magic frogs, a kind monster, a mysterious mermaid, a mischievous wee man, a heroic sky snake, as well as human boys and girls, this is a spellbinding collection of contemporary writing. Each story is beautifully and decoratively illustrated with Olwyn Whelan's jewel-like, brightly coloured paintings. The stories are: The Princess and the Other Frog by Siobhan Parkinson; Eleanor by John Boyne; Badness, Madness and Trickery by Malachy Doyle; Finbar the Furious by Paula Leyden; The Woman who Stroked Stones by Maeve Friel; The Princess who Wanted to be Queen by Deirdre Sullivan; Nora and the Sky Snake by Darragh Martin.
SIOBHAN PARKINSON grew up in Galway and Donegal, and writes for adults and children. The Moon King won the Bisto Merit Award and an IBBY Certificate of Honour for Writing; Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Waitch (Maybe) also won the Bisto Merit Award; and Sisters... No Way! won the Bisto Book of the Year Award. Siobhan lives in the Republic of Ireland with her husband and son. OLWYN WHELAN was a newspaper cartoonist and graphic designed before becoming a freelance illustrator. He goal is to produce timeless books that children will treasure for life. She has illustrated many children's picture book collections, including Celtic Memories, The Mermaid of Cafur and The Barefoot Books of Princesses (all Barefoot Books). Olwyn lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.