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Sheena Dempsey - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

 

Sheena Dempsey is a children's illustrator and picture book author from Cork. She has illustrated many books including Dave Pigeon written by Swapna Haddow (Faber & Faber, 2016) which was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award. Sheena now lives in London with her partner and her retired racing greyhound. She loves to write and draw characters that are bursting with fun, humour and mischief.

Featured books by Sheena Dempsey

Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Swapna Haddow Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2018

Dave Pigeon and his best friend Skipper were living happily in the Human Lady's house, but now they're travelling in a box to Pawsville Vets ... maybe Dave will finally get his broken wing fixed. The pet shop is full of new friends... Jet the dog, Cricket Ball Face the hamster... and with friendship comes a bit of healthy competition, and what could be better that a race for a racing pigeon? But the only animal who thinks Dave is capable of going up against the infamous Mickey Lightning is Dave himself.

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Other books by Sheena Dempsey

Mermaid School: All Aboard!

Mermaid School: All Aboard!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Marnie Blue is so excited! She is going on a school trip to see the legendary palace of Queen Maretta with all her friends. But when Mum is too unwell to join the trip, Aunt Christabel agrees to come in her place, and she was offishially the naughtiest mermaid the school has ever known. Marnie expects mayhem. Will they board the whale-shark on time? Will everyone eat their packed lunches on the way there? And just who is sneaking around the palace causing all sorts of mischief?

Fred: Wizard in Trouble

Fred: Wizard in Trouble

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Fred may look ordinary, but sometimes people who look ordinary turn out to be not very ordinary at all ... because it just so happens that Fred is a Wizard! The only problem is that Fred is completely, mind-boggingly TERRIBLE at magic... And now he's training with the amazing Merlin, hoping to transform from the worst wizard around to a magical marvel. But when an ancient magical book is stolen and Merlin goes missing, Fred discovers that sometimes magic isn't the answer and that he has other talents that can help him solve the mystery that's got everyone else stumped! From Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake, and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of Dave Pigeon, comes a tale full of magic and fun.

Take Five

Take Five

Author: Niall Breslin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2020

Following the success of his first picture book, The Magic Moment, musician and mindfulness expert Niall Breslin (Bressie) is back with another important life lesson for young children, beautifully brought to life by illustrator Sheena Dempsey. When Freddie sees all the presents his friend Ben gets for his birthday, he feels a bit sad ... Nana teaches Freddie how to be thankful for everything he has - together they count all the wonderful things in their lives. This gratitude trick is a helpful technique for dealing with the uncomfortable and often confusing feelings of jealousy that children inevitably encounter. Praise for Take Five: 'Take Five explores the difficult feeling of jealousy, in a sweet story that teaches the value of being grateful for what one has.' Sunday Independent 'A genuinely useful book for anxious children.' Irish Independent Praise for The Magic Moment: 'The sort of book that could be genuinely helpful to an anxious child.' The Irish Times 'Teaches children a really simple and effective mindfulness technique for managing big feelings.' Dr Malie Coyne 'A book with an important message.' Irish Independent

Take Five

Take Five

Author: Niall Breslin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2019

Following the success of his first picture book, The Magic Moment, musician and mindfulness expert Niall Breslin (Bressie) is back with another important life lesson for young children, beautifully brought to life by illustrator Sheena Dempsey. When Freddie sees all the presents his friend Ben gets for his birthday, he feels a bit sad ... Nana teaches Freddie how to be thankful for everything he has - together they count all the wonderful things in their lives. This gratitude trick is a helpful technique for dealing with the uncomfortable and often confusing feelings of jealousy that children inevitably encounter. Praise for The Magic Moment, by the same author 'The sort of book that could be genuinely helpful to an anxious child' THE IRISH TIMES 'Teaches children a really simple and effective mindfulness technique for managing big feelings' DR MALIE COYNE 'A book with an important message' IRISH INDEPENDENT

Fred: Wizard in Training

Fred: Wizard in Training

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Originally published as Wizard Vs Lizard, get ready for a laugh-out-loud magical adventure from award-winning author Simon Philip and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of the much-loved Dave Pigeon series! Fred may look ordinary, but sometimes people who look ordinary turn out to be not very ordinary at all ... because it just so happens that Fred is a Wizard! Sounds pretty great, right? Except that Fred is absolutely, completely, mind-boggingly TERRIBLE at magic. At school, he's stuck in a class of wizards half his age, feeling like a twit among tots. At home, he's endlessly teased by his siblings and always a disappointment to his parents. All Fred wants is to become a better wizard.... So when he hears about a competition to meet Merlin (yes, THE Merlin!) Fred knows it's his one chance to prove to his family that he's not the worst wizard in town. The catch? To win the competition he has to capture the tail of a terrifying, fire-breathing lizard...

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

Author: Swapna Haddow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

WINNER of the Greenhouse Funny Prize; SHORTLISTED for the Sainsbury's Book Award and numerous regional awards, this hilarious series is adored by its readers! Our favourite pompous pigeon is BACK! And about to trade places with a pigeon prince, descended from Indian royalty. Dave Pigeon and his best friend Skipper are taking in the sights of London. Whilst pecking around the gates of the Royal Palace, looking for high-brow snacks to feast on, they meet Prince Raju Pigeon, one of the Queen's personal birds from the Royal Lofts. Raju is tired of royal life and longs to see life beyond the palace gates. Dave suggests they swap places for a short while! Raju will get to see how normal pigeon lives and Dave will be pampered in the Royal Lofts. Of course, this all goes to Dave's head and as he laps up the royal treatment becoming more unbearable than ever. But life in high society is not all it's cracked up to be . . . A very feathery prince and the pauper story, rich in diversity, packed full of gorgeous illustrations and giggle-until-you-wee jokes, perfect for emerging readers. 'A hilarious new series.' Angels and Urchins 'A really enjoyable read for children just moving into chapter books.' Books for Keeps 'Readers will love this action packed story about friendship, bravery and the lengths a pigeon will go to to secure themselves a crumbly treat.' Reading Zone 'I can't imagine any child not loving Dave and waiting excitedly for his next adventure.' Serendipity Reviews 'Readers will love it as it is full of daring and bravery, and much backfiring of ridiculous schemes and much crossing out.' The School Librarian

The Dodo Made Me Do It I Swapped My Brother On The Internet

The Dodo Made Me Do It I Swapped My Brother On The Internet

Author: Jo Simmons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

SUMMER HOLIDAYS = BORING! And Danny's dreading another one at his gran's. He's desperate for action, fun and adventure! And this year - amazingly and unbelievably - he gets it all, when he finds a dodo on a tiny island. A what? Yes! This is going to be the wildest summer holiday ever! (It might even be more than he can handle.) Are you in? A hilarious tale of wish fulfilment gone wrong that every child will relate to - perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart, My Brother Is a Superhero and David Baddiel's The Parent Agency.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: The Magic Pudding Pot

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: The Magic Pudding Pot

Author: Kay Woodward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

Mum loves to dish up vegetables for dinner, but the little girl is sick of them! One day the saucepan breaks and the little girl goes off to buy a new one. That's when she discovers the magic pudding pot... Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for 5-7 year olds starting to read independently.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: The Magic Pudding Pot

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: The Magic Pudding Pot

Author: Kay Woodward Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Mum loves to dish up vegetables for dinner, but the little girl is sick of them! One day the saucepan breaks and the little girl goes off to buy a new one. That's when she discovers the magic pudding pot... Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for 5-7 year olds starting to read independently.

Pucker Power

Pucker Power

Author: Kevin Stevens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2015

In more adventures of these disastrous superheroes, Pucker Power centres on the adventures of Pucker, the Power family's mutt of a pug-dog. After he is dognapped, along with a beautiful French poodle, the Powers must follow the clues through Dublin, Paris and St Petersburg to bring their beloved pup back home. This playful, upbeat new series of adventures from Little Island will be a hit with everyone in the family, from young readers right down to the family pet. Complete with powerful website at www.readthepowers.com with blogs from one of the characters and and animated book trailer and theme song. Special appeal to dog-lovers!

Cinderella's Big Day

Cinderella's Big Day

Author: Katie Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

The prince has a problem: Cinderella's wedding ring is missing! He writes to the King to ask for help, who writes to the Ugly Sisters (who he thinks have taken it), who are so angry at the accusation they write to a witch, asking her to spoil Cinders' wedding...Will the big day end in disaster? Find out as the story unfolds through letters that you can open by lifting the flap of the envelope.

Bye-Bye Baby Brother!

Bye-Bye Baby Brother!

Author: Sheena Dempsey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2014

From a fresh new Irish talent comes a picture book about new babies, busy mums and a little girl with a very BIG imagination! Ruby loves nothing more than playing, especially with Mum. But Mum is always so busy with Oliver, Ruby's little baby brother, and Ruby is tired of waiting. She's already looked at TONS of books, painted SO MANY pictures and she's even dressed her dog Rory in a very fetching stripy jumper. Babies are so boring. Ruby stomps out into the garden and there she begins to wonder ... what if she could magic Oliver away? With a delicious blend of knowing observations and truly funny art, Sheena Dempsey's very first picture book perfectly captures the anxieties and frustration of having a new sibling.

The Powers

The Powers

Author: Kevin Stevens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Meet the Powers: the not-so-super superheroes. Despite their amazing talents, the Powers are not very good at controlling them ... Poor Suzie - Dad has set the kitchen on fire again and Mum has turned the rain on indoors to douse the flames. JP has flown straight into a wall, and the dog, Pucker, is a whirlwind of paws and ears and noisy howls. A perfectly-paced adventure story featuring a colourful and genuinely funny family, The Powers will entertain and charm young readers. Sure to appeal to fans of The Incredibles films.

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