REVIEW: 'Once upon a Place' compiled by Irish Children's Laureate Eoin Colfer and illustrated by P J Lynch.


 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

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