The Secret of Kells The Novel by Eithne Massey
  

Synopsis

The Secret of Kells The Novel by Eithne Massey

History, myth and legend collide in this inspiring animated feature film. Twelve-year-old Brendan's life in the monastery at Kells is not very exciting until Aidan arrives. Suddenly life is one big adventure. In the forest Brendan is rescued from wolves by Aisling, a mysterious green-eyed girl. In the cave of the Dark One, he risks his life to steal the eye of the serpent god, Crom Cruach. Meanwhile Aidan is keeping a secret that will become Brendan's biggest challenge, and the Vikings get nearer and nearer ...The first animated feature film ever produced in Ireland, The Secret of Kells has won praise from critics and audiences alike.

Reviews

'full of eye catching, imaginative illustrations'

'an exciting adaptation of the Cartoon Saloon's film ... the line illustrations are an interesting mix of the realistic and the imagined with a strong emphasis on pattern and design'

'a well-crafted novel ... beautifully illustrated ...a rich, exciting and distinctive narrative that should greatly appeal to young readers, especially those aged 10+'

'this was one of the best books I have read ... I would give it 10 out of 10'

'an entertaining children's book.'

'lavish illustrations'

'stunning double-page illustrations'

'A book to amaze and amuse any age ... the blend of strong Celtic design with cartoon-like figures merge seamlessly together in this imaginative presentation of old legends.'

'lavishly illustrated ... a very stylish adaptation'

'whirling illustrations, which blaze from the page'

'exquisite'

'Refreshingly different precisely because its look is so profoundly retro, 'Brendan and the Secret of Kells harks back not just to older animation styles but to pre-medieval illuminated manuscript tradition. With its jewel-bright colors and intricate use of lines, the result is absolutely luscious to behold.'

About the Author

Eithne Massey is the author of a number of books for young readers which intermingle history with fantasy. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. All blend together historical detail with myths, legends and folklore, resulting in stories which will appeal to: young readers who enjoy an adventure with well-rounded characters and a touch of magic and history. (www.childrensbooksireland.ie). Eithne is also the author of retellings of Irish myths for younger children and a book for adults, Legendary Ireland. Cartoon Saloon is a Kilkenny-based animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. They are best-known for their Academy Award-nominated feature-length animations The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, but have also done a wide range of television programmes and some lovely illustration work for O'Brien Press books.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
192 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Eithne Massey
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

23rd February 2009

ISBN

9781847171214

Publisher Profile

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

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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.

Publisher's Website

www.obrien.ie


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