REVIEW: 'Once upon a Place' compiled by Irish Children's Laureate Eoin Colfer and illust
This is an immersive and lovingly assembled collection of poems and short stories by Irish writers. There are some familiar names on the list - Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy, Sarah Webb and John Connolly - but also names I didn't recognise, writers I had the privilege of discovering for the first time. Eoin Colfer's introduction talks about the importance of 'place' in a story, and why the inherent magic of Ireland is used as a setting for so many great children's tales. I've never been to Ireland unfortunately, but once I'd finished this collection I really felt like I'd been gifted a little piece of it. The contributions range from historical stories and spooky tales to laugh-out loud verse and heart-breaking literary shorts. P.J.Lynch's masterful illustrations are extraordinary as always, and help make the volume a great gift book for children aged 8+, or even for teachers doing school projects about the beautiful, magical green isle.
Published by Little Island press, 2015