Alan Nolan
Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

When a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep of Hannigan’s Haven on a stormy night, Sam and the gang are astonished to discover that it contains a living, breathing (and long believed extinct) Dodo bird!

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160 pages
196x128 mm

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Sam Hannigan runs an animal shelter in Clobberstown, Co. Dublin with her creepy-crawlie-crazy best friend Ajay Patel and her just-plain-crazy granny Nanny Gigg. Oh yes, and her big bully brother Bruno.

When a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep of Hannigan’s Haven, Sam and the gang are astonished to discover that it contains a living, breathing Dodo bird! Where did the dodo come from, who sent it, and, most importantly, how is it not extinct? Being a lover of all animals, Sam immediately falls in love with the dodo (which she names Desmond) and treats it like a member of the family. Unfortunately, a gang of ruthless exotic animal smugglers is near. When Captain Stinky Derriere and his lumbering First Mate Chum get the scent of the miraculously still alive dodo, while Stinky makes it his life mission to catch and eat Desmond!

Join Sam, Ajay and the gang as they endeavour to keep Desmond safe and secret until they can deliver him to Uncle Monty, whose one wish is to deliver the dodo to the mythical Dodo Island.

Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He has written and illustrated many books and comics for children and grown-ups, including Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor's Caveman and the Murder Can Be Fatal series.

Ireland’s answer to David Walliams … zany

Sunday Independent

full of action and suspense … perfect for animal lovers and will leave children laughing out loud … suitable for 3rd-6th classes

InTouch Magazine

gorgeously written and illustrated

Woman’s Way

Ireland’s answer to David Walliams … Nolan’s writing is going from strength to strength. Every page is full of word play and puns and his cartoon-style illustrations are full of humour and expression – and the cartoon strips add to the visual impact of the book and make them accessible to more reluctant readers

Irish Independent

crazy capers

Evening Echo

I love this book. It is a true page turner. At times it made me burst into laughter … I would recommend this book for all members of the family as the older children could read it to their younger siblings or friends. They could have many giggles together


hilarious and entertaining

Irish Country Magazine
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