An adventure around Ireland

Written by
Erika McGann
Illustrated by
Gerry Daly
Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt

Wee Donkey travels Ireland trying to find the perfect souvenir for her Grandad.

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32 pages
260x215 mm

A wee donkey sat in the shade of a tree.
‘If you had one wish, Grandad, what would it be?’
‘I’d fix this old back and these wobbly knees,
and go see the sights that are out there to see.’

The wee donkey thought, ‘I can’t turn back the years,
but I can get Grandad some great souvenirs.’
She slipped through the gate with a small wooden cart,
in search of some gifts that would warm Grandad’s heart.

The wee donkey heads across Ireland, where she "borrows" the Jeanie Johnston ship from the Liffey, the round tower from Glendalough, kisses from the Blarney Stone and more, to bring to her grandad.

But you can't go taking national treasures like that, particularly when the police find out! A warm and entertaining picture book from the team who brought you Where Are You, Puffling?

The Jeanie Johnston (Dublin), Glendalough, Blarney castle, Giant’s Causeway, Tara, the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Book of Kells in Trinity are just a few of the places Wee Donkey visits to bring her grandad a souvenir.

Erika McGann grew up in Drogheda, County Louth, and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of a number of children’s books, including the winner of the Waverton Good Read Children’s Prize 2014, The Demon Notebook, the first in her magical series about Grace and her four friends. Other books in the series are: The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival. She is also the author of the ‘Cass and the Bubble Street Gang’ series.

GERRY DALY is a children’s author and illustrator living by the beautiful sea in Dublin. He hasn’t seen any whales from his window, but saw many off the coast of West Cork. His previous books include the best-selling Where Are You, Puffling? and Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt, both written by Erika McGann and also published by The O’Brien Press. He loves to paint birds and animals, from the tiniest to the biggest of them all.

From the author and illustrator that gave us Where Are You, Puffling? comes this adorable story that not only takes us on a jaunt around Ireland, but highlights the love between a grandchild and grandfather. The thoughtfulness and pleasure Wee Donkey has in doing something special for her Grandad is put forth in a light-hearted rhyming text is a joy to read alongside the colourful and bright illustrations that bring the action and locations to life. There is much detail in the pictures, giving opportunity to linger page after page, pointing out the all fabulous and fun places and activities, all rich with history and the natural world. Heartwarming and humourous, this book is a delight…and educational, too

Fallen Star Stories

An aging donkey longs to see Ireland’s famous sights, but his body has gotten the better of him. Determined to fulfil his dream, his wee granddaughter sets out with her small wooden cart to collect him some lovely souvenirs. When she unwittingly gathers national treasures, the gardaí are soon on her trail … With lively rhyming text and bright, amusing illustrations, this picturebook mixes humour and heart with a touch of fantasy

Children's Books Ireland

Warm and entertaining

RTE Guide

Humourous illustrations

Irish Examiner

Warm and entertaining … a lovely bedtime book

Woman's Way

Children aged 3+ who love animals will enjoy

Irish Independent
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  • The Broken Spell
  • The Watching Wood
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