A critical snapshot of Irish children's literature at the turn of the 21st century, this book presents essays on ten Irish authors (Eoin Colfer, Maeve Friel, Sam McBratney, Elizabeth O'Hara, Mark O'Sullivan, Siobhan Parkinson, Matthew Sweeney, Kate Thompson, Martin Waddell, Gerard Whelan) and three Irish illustrators (Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, P.J. Lynch, Niamh Sharkey) whose work represents excellence in contemporary Irish children's literature. It also reflects an upsurge in interest in children's literature and a new dynamism in commentary and criticism in this relatively new field of study. Students of children's literature will find this book to be an immensely valuable resource, but it is accessible and informative also for teachers, librarians, parents and readers with a general interest in children's books or Irish literature.
"This is a world-class list which encompasses several genres [...]. The list of contributors is equally impressive, including many scholars who are well established internationally in fields ranging beyond children's literature, as well as those professionally involved in bringing children and books together." (Kimberley Reynolds, Professor of Children's Literature, University of Newcastle, UK)
"This publication meets a significant need with regard to the study of Irish children's literature in Ireland and abroad. The quality - and breadth - of the articles is in itself unquestionable; in fact, it is world class." (Keith O'Sullivan, Lecturer in English, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, Ireland)