on 8 May 2008
One of my top 50 children's books. This book has everything - exciting but funny retelling of 12 old Irish folk tales, told in a racy but sympathetic style by Edna O'Brien and backed up by stunning illustrations by Michael Foreman in glorious full-page watercolour.
Finn McCool, his wife Oonagh and his Scottish enemy McConigle, are here, and have never been more lively and humorously wicked. Also Lord Mount Dhraggin, and The White Cat, too.
The Irish element is delightful and provides an exotic but comprehensible language experience for young children. Even the book's preface is good fun, written in a kind of ersatz Irish-English, that poses a nice puzzle to English-language ears.
A masterpiece for storytime!
on 20 November 2012
It is a short story collection and would be perfect for reading to my children, but I have found that the last five or six stories have section missing from the text with events skipping, stories jumping from one scene or place or character to quite another in a very jarring fashion. It is a great shame the book has been released in this state. I have asked Amazon for a refund as this book has been badly transferred int Kindle format and in its current state is incomplete. The stories would be brilliant to read together with children but it needs a great number of corrections before it should be sold.