Cyril's Woodland Quest by Eugene McCabe, Fujie Yamauchi


Cyril's Woodland Quest by Eugene McCabe, Fujie Yamauchi

This is a re-issue of an O'Brien classic Cyril the Squirrel . Cyril, a lonely orphaned red squirrel, sets off from his homeland to find others of his own kind. He meets danger and difficulty and has many exciting adventures. He also has to face the question of whether he will befriend his 'cousins' the grey squirrels, whom he says he hates.


'Captivating book ... It is a work of mood, atmosphere and a kind of earthy music.'

'Reminds me of that famous book Watership Down, except that the dialogue in Eugene McCabe's book is more likeable ... Lots of adventure and drama'

'Apart from getting his readers deeply interested in the fascinating antics of Cyril, the little red squirrel, Eugene McCabe commands attention for his wonderful description of countryside, lakes and woods'

'In this beautifully written fable Cyril has to figure out for himself who his real people are.'

'A tale of racism and prejudice in the guise of a nature adventure ... A crisply told yarn that yields a lesson on how society can pull together when the occasion arises.'

'A charming tale'

About the Author

Eugene McCabe is the author of Cyril's Woodland Quest, for readers age 10+. McCabe was born in Glasgow in 1930 to a Fermanagh mother and a Cavan father. In 1939 his grandfather bought a farm in Clones, Co Monaghan, and McCabe moved there in 1954. A well-known writer for theatre, Eugene McCabe began writing for television when RTE began in 1960. In 1964, his play King of the Castle was the success of that year's Dublin Theatre Festival. Eugene lives with his wife Margo in Clones, and has three sons and one daughter. Originally published as Cyril the Squirrel, this popular book was reissued by O'Brien Press as Cyril's Woodland Quest in September Autumn 2001.

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128 pages


Eugene McCabe, Fujie Yamauchi
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Publication date

11th September 2001



Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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