Patrick and the President

Written by Ryan Tubridy

Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

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LoveReading View on Patrick and the President

The heady excitement of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in 1963 is brought vividly to life in this account by Ryan Tubridy and illustrator P J Lynch. Patrick and his parents are thrilled that ‘Himself’ is coming to their home town Wexford. ‘He’s like something from the movies!’ says Patrick’s mum while Patrick’s classmates can talk of nothing else. The class gets to sing for Kennedy as he lands at the airport, but there’s a further treat for Patrick: chosen to hand round cake at a tea party for the president, Patrick meets the great man and shakes his hand. The book perfectly pinpoints the enduring memories of a particular historical moment; while P J Lynch’s fine, beautifully composed illustrations, full of smiling faces, capture both the hope and emotion of a special day, and illuminate a whole period. ~ Andrea Reece

Patrick and the President Synopsis

A captivating story which beautifully evokes a seminal moment in the life of JFK through the eyes of a young boy. From foremost radio and television broadcaster, Ryan Tubridy, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner P. J. Lynch, comes a picture book about President John F. Kennedy's return to his ancestral home in Ireland.

When the much-loved President visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life and, for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. In this warmly told, big-hearted picture book, Ryan captures the fevered excitement in the build-up to JFK's visit - all evoked through the eyes of a young boy called Patrick who wants to know, more than anything, what it would feel like to shake the President's hand...

Rooted in historical fact, and marking the centenary of JFK's birth, this feast of a book offers readers a very pure and personal take on JFK's visit to County Wexford and includes a bibliography in the back matter.

Patrick and the President Press Reviews

Sure to capture the imagination of little kids, big kids and lovers of history. * RSVP magazine *

The story is pure, personal and completely real. [...] A fascinating book to pour over, read for enjoyment and use as learning tool in a history lesson. * Armadillo *

This is a book that pulls you in against your better judgment [...] what makes it winning is the sense that it is a true story and the tremendous sense of the period brought home in Lynch's accomplished, emotionally acute illustrations. * Observer *

Lynch's illustrations are suffused with a nostalgic hue, evoking old advertisements from the 1960s, and his expressive characters are brought to life with painterly, photorealistic skill. Tubridy adds historical richness with a light touch [...] * Irish Times Weekend *

From end paper to end paper this book exudes quality. [...] Tubridy and Lynch have created a masterful picture book in the tradition of a story well-told in both word and image. * The School Librarian *


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ISBN: 9781406378856
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406366921
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378856
Publication date: 1st March 2018
Author: Ryan Tubridy
Illustrator: P. J. Lynch
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: True Stories

About Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has become one of Ireland's leading and best-loved media personalities. He has had a distinguished career so far, gracing both the Irish and UK airwaves, which have seen him win numerous awards and accolades. He is best recognized as the current host of the world's longest running chat show, The Late Late Show. He is also the author of an adult non-fiction title, JFK in Ireland: Four days that Changed a President. He lives in Dublin

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