Alexandra by Siobhan Parkinson


Alexandra by Siobhan Parkinson

Alexandra loves swinging and splashing and her bright red shoes. And her mum. She doesn't much like having her hair washed, though, and she definitely does not like the dark. Warm stories of everyday life by Ireland's first Children's Laureate, great for reading aloud. Sweet illustrations with red highlights from Carol Betera.


Gentle and yet full of action and humour, Alexandra brings to mind the Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes, with the economy of language and the rhythm and pace built into the stories. . . . The simplicity of expression in the pictures and the writing work hand in hand to create a book that will be cherished and read again and again and again.

About the Author

Siobhan Parkinson

Having grown up in Galway and Donegal, Siobhán Parkinson has lived most of her adult life in her native Dublin. She studied English literature and German at Trinity, and went on to take her doctorate in English literature. She has worked for many years as an editor, a profession that very closely resembles that of writing. She concentrates more on her writing these days, but is also a very active member of the writers-in-schools scheme, and she gives workshops in creative writing and talks on her work in all sorts of situations. She has held various writing residencies and she is currently co-editor of Inis -- The Children's Books Ireland Magazine. Her books have won numerous awards and been translated into lots of languages, her favourites being Latvian, because it is so different, and Japanese, because it is back to front.

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43 pages


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Publication date

3rd April 2014



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