The Story of Ireland by Brendan O'Brien
  

The Story of Ireland

Written by Brendan O'Brien
Illustrated by Cartoon Saloon

RRP £8.99

Synopsis

The Story of Ireland by Brendan O'Brien

We are going on a long mysterious journey to find out what we can about the Island of Ireland... The Story of Ireland begins `After the Ice' and lasts 9000 years. It tells the story of the whole island and its people. The book's 27 chapters chronicle the big picture of invasions, wars, Christianity, famine and a divided island, mixed with tales of Celtic head hunters, mysterious stone tombs, the Vikings, the black death, life in castles, the Titanic tragedy, music, mobiles and computers. When it ends a new story is just beginning. The Story of Ireland won the Irish Children's Book of the Year Award (Irish Book Awards) in 2008 and was in the International Youth Library's White Ravens 2008 selection. Available in both the original large format hardback and a pocket-sized hardback edition.

Reviews

'for young fact-lovers, try the excellent stocking-sized Story of Ireland by Brendan O'Brien, a pictorial guide to Irish history with lively illustrations'

'Filled with fun facts on everything from the Stone Age to the Celtic Tiger and is illustrated in a way that will delight children. A great gift for any curious child.'

'A family must-have . . . each page is a treasure of knowledge, cleverly fragmented with illustrations, photos and brilliant cartoons that provoke the reader to dip in and be hooked!'

'Most impressive in its inventiveness, wealth of witty illustration, mixture of fun and serious history. It is great to see work of this quality from an Irish publishing house in these straitened times. This book deserves to be in every home and school.'

'A fun way to present history to children and O'Brien are to be commended for doing a fine job in condensing 900 centuries worth of history.'

's top 30 Books of the Year 2007. 'Some 9,000 years of Irish history are colourfully and humorously delineated in an ambitiously conceived and successfully executed 'story'.'

'A sophisticated production.'

'This book is a significant breakthrough in the writing and presentation of history to Irish children and ought to be in every school library, if not in every home.'

'This is a beautifully presented book which brings the History of Ireland to life for young children. It is lively and colourful with plenty of stories, people and places.'

.D. 'Absolutely wonderful.

'Written in a lively, informal style, its attractive pages are full of informative facts broken down into child-friendly, bite-sized pieces, ideal for internet-savvy modern youngsters . . . Every household in Ireland should have a copy, not to mention li -- Sarah Webb, Children's Books Ireland, BookFest 'Clever, informative and above all entertaining.'

'Some kids thought that Irish history would never be enjoyable, but that's before The Story of Ireland was written!!! With all its funny illustrations and its cool facts, its very easy to read and makes Irish history much more interesting.'

'Deserves a place in every school and home library . . . such a quality that its appeal ought to endure for many years and many readings to come'

'Every house in Ireland should have it.'

& Star 'A joy to read and look at - bright, lively and informative.

'Without any question this is the Children's Book of the Year.'

'an entertaining gallop through centuries of history in a way which will appeal to the younger reader but still manages to get everything in'

'will delight younger readers interested in history but more importantly it will appeal to those who are not'

'history is vividly brought to life ... this new format will surely make the book a hit all over again in the run up to Christmas'

'This book is a significant breakthrough in the writing and presentation of history to Irish children and ought to be in every school library, if not in every home.'

* Inis Magazine * 'Without any question this is the Children's Book of the Year.

* Irish Independent * 'Every house in Ireland should have it.

& Star 'Some kids thought that Irish history would never be enjoyable, but that's before The Story of Ireland was written!!! With all its funny illustrations and its cool facts, its very easy to read and makes Irish history much more interesting.

* Kilkenny People * 'A joy to read and look at - bright, lively and informative.

'Absolutely wonderful.'

'A sophisticated production.'

* The Sunday Tribune * 'A fun way to present history to children and O'Brien are to be commended for doing a fine job in condensing 900 centuries worth of history.

* Sunday Business Post * 'Most impressive in its inventiveness, wealth of witty illustration, mixture of fun and serious history. It is great to see work of this quality from an Irish publishing house in these straitened times. This book deserves to be in every home and school.

* The Sunday Independent * Robert Dunbar's top 30 Books of the Year 2007. 'Some 9,000 years of Irish history are colourfully and humorously delineated in an ambitiously conceived and successfully executed 'story'.

* The Irish Times * 'Deserves a place in every school and home library . . . such a quality that its appeal ought to endure for many years and many readings to come

* In Touch Magazine * 'A family must-have . . . each page is a treasure of knowledge, cleverly fragmented with illustrations, photos and brilliant cartoons that provoke the reader to dip in and be hooked!

* The Irish Examiner * 'Filled with fun facts on everything from the Stone Age to the Celtic Tiger and is illustrated in a way that will delight children. A great gift for any curious child.

* The Irish Times * 'This is a beautifully presented book which brings the History of Ireland to life for young children. It is lively and colourful with plenty of stories, people and places.

.D. 'Written in a lively, informal style, its attractive pages are full of informative facts broken down into child-friendly, bite-sized pieces, ideal for internet-savvy modern youngsters . . . Every household in Ireland should have a copy, not to mention libraries and schools. I can't recommend it highly enough. A triumph!

- Children's Books Ireland, BookFest 'Clever, informative and above all entertaining.

About the Author

In 1973 Brendan O'Brien began as presenter/reporter with the prestigious Seven Days current/political affairs programme which aired four times a week on RTE (Ireland's national television station). In Autumn 1975 he moved to the RTE Newsroom and spent three years as a journalist with the Sunday programme Newsround. This was followed by 18 months as Editor/presenter of the nightly Countrywide news programme. Then, he spent two years as a general news reporter, during which time he went to Buenos Aires in Argentina to cover the Falklands war. Subsequently he became senior presenter/reporter with the thrice-weekly Today Tonight TV programme, where he carried out investigations into crime, political and current affairs issues, including investigations into the Provisional IRA, drug abuse, and the kidnapping of businessman Don Tidey by the IRA. He made two major documentaries on the IRA for Today Tonight, in 1984 and 1988. Since September 1992 Brendan has been a senior presenter/reporter on the twice-weekly Prime Time, RTE's principal political/current affairs programme. Awards: He has won the Jacobs Award for investigative reporting; the A.T. Cross National Media Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Sunday Independent 'Arts Award'. In 2008 he received the Best Newcomer Award fom the Irish Book Awards for his first Children's book The Story of Ireland and the Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children's Book of the Year Award: Senior for the same book. 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

Hardback
96 pages

Author

Brendan O'Brien
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

5th October 2009

ISBN

9781847171849

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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