Nicola Colton
A Dublin Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin. But Dublin is full of colourful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks!

With beautiful quirky illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Colton.


LAI Awards 0-4 Years Category - 2017


White Raven - 2016


Children's Book of the Year: Junior - 2015


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32 pages
260x215 mm

Fiona’s on a journey to Granny’s house …
… but who’s that following her through the streets of Dublin?
Travel across the city with Fiona and her fantastic friends in this modern Dublin fairytale.

With beautiful quirky illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Colton.

Nicola Colton is an illustrator based in Dublin. Her style is playful and colourful and very much influenced by folktales/folk art, scenes in nature and children’s picture books.

Her website is www.nicolacolton.com.

Nicola Colton reroutes Little Red Riding Hood’s journey to the urban wilderness in this amusing modern fairy tale for very young readers … Colton’s inventive book provides a perfect yardstick for tired short legs walking through the city (“Look: there’s Trinity College of Sorcery”)

Irish Times

This is a beautifully illustrated re-imagining of the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. This time the story is set in Dublin where the city itself is just as much a character in the story as its fearless heroine, Fiona. Full of charm and imagination Fiona overcomes her fears to reach her granny’s house, on her whistle-stop tour around major Dublin landmarks. Charming illustrations and engaging story-line allow the voice of the child to emerge in both the text and illustration as she negotiates the world around her.  A wonderful book which like its hero Fiona, is both bold and fearless. Great for read aloud or read alone!

Literacy Association of Ireland

beautifully quirky … a short journey that all kids will enjoy

Sunday World

a unique, original revisitation of Little Red Riding Hood with a mischievous, Irish twist. Presented with sun-splashed, eccentric illustrations in a gently muted rainbow palette, A Dublin Fairytale follows the journey of Fiona and her cat to buy supplies at the Witches’ Market for her Granny, who is sick. […] A delightful story ... Children will love A Dublin Fairytale for its candor, freshness, and imagination.

The MidWest Book Review (US)

the gorgeous illustrations were impossible to pass up


beautiful … amazing illustrations … brilliant map … fantastic … an urban fairytale

Marian Finuane
RTE Radio 1

a joy to read and a pleasure to view

Sunday World

beautifully illustrated … mapping and sequencing could be explored after a class reading … suitable for storytelling with young children and could be used in an Infant Classroom

InTouch Magazine

full of charm and gentle wit and congratulations must go to her Irish publishers, O’Brien Press, for supporting new picture book talent

Sunday Independent

this year’s treat for young Dubliners … unquestionably

Irish Times

I like a good fairytale, especially when a writer approaches it in a different way … The illustrations are charming, softly drawn with lovely autumnal colours and interesting things to look at throughout … a nice bedtime story


very special


the story is enjoyable, but the real hero of this book is the beautiful artwork - each page brings with it a new scene with lots to take in and discover

Leabhar Love



lovely and unusual


absolutely delightful


a playful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in Dublin … gentle and fun … friendly and very stylish …  a lovely way to (re)discover the Fair(y) City and an invitation to find magic round every corner

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reading Guide

with beautiful, muted colour tones and excellent child-friendly artwork, this is a charming, evocative book for keeps

Irish Examiner
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