Friday, 11 September 2015

Children's Book Review: A Dublin Fairytale by Nicola Colton

A Dublin Fairytale is written and illustrated by Nicola Colton, an artist whose work you may recognise from the cover artwork of the 'Alice and Megan' series by Judi Curtin. The story follows a young girls journey through a magical Dublin City to get to her Granny's house. 

The book blurb reads:
Fiona is on a journey to Granny’s house …… but who’s that following her through the streets of Dublin? Fiona will need a little help from her friends to get across the city! Join Fiona and her magical friends in a very special fairytale adventure.

A modern, Dublin twist on the classic Red Riding Hood tale, this book would make a delightful addition to any young book readers' collection. We're always huge fans of encouraging imagination from a young age, and by adding magic and mystery to the well known streets and landmarks of our fair city, Nicola Colton does just that. 

By including a map of her journey early in the book and signs at each location to say where Fiona is, this book brings an educational element that will enhance young readers' knowledge of Dublin. Another great aspect is the courage that Fiona displays, although she encounters strange and seemingly frightening characters she looks past their outer appearance and finds the kindness inside. 

The story is enjoyable, but the real hero of this book is the beautiful artwork - each page brings with it a new scene with lots to take in and discover. From the Witches's Market on Moore Street to Trinity College of Sorcery, Nicola Colton enchants in her debut storybook A Dublin Fairytale

A Dublin Fairytale is suitable for young solo readers and for bedtime stories. The book will be released on the 5th October 2015 and it is published by The O'Brien Press, you can find out more about the book on their website here.

To see more of Nicola's beautiful work visit her website 

Thank you to the O'Brien Press for sending us this book to review!

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