Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Edited by
Sarah Webb
Claire Ranson
Illustrated by
Steve McCarthy
Sally Go Round the Stars

A marvellous collection of Irish rhymes to delight any child, beautifully illustrated in this attractive board book.

All royalties to Barnardos.

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18 pages
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A marvellous collection of Irish rhymes to delight any child, beautifully illustrated in this attractive board book.

A short selection of favourite rhymes from the original Irish Book Award short-listed title, Sally Go Round the Stars (2011). Beautifully illustrated by Steve McCarthy, this is a perfect gift for young readers.

All royalties to Barnardos.

Sarah Webb is a children’s author who combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. She has won two Irish Book Awards for her children's books (for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Blazing a Trail), as well as the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books, awarded in 2015. Sarah worked for many years as a children’s bookseller and was writer in residence for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2016/2017: she is currently the Children’s Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers’ Week. For more, visit

Claire Ranson was born in England where she completed a degree in English Literature and a Master's in Children's Literature. She has worked with Poetry Ireland and Children's Books Ireland. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.

Steve McCarthy is a Dublin-born art maker and obsessive picture-builder. With a keen interest in colour and character, Steve has managed to sneak his singular style into many forms, from Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated feature film Song of the Sea to children’s books and projects for brands worldwide. His work won Best Illustration at the IDI Irish Design Awards 2016. For more, visit

Steve illustrated Sally Go Round the Stars, which was nominated for Irish Children’s Book of the Year at the Energy Irish Book Awards, and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea, which won!

This small but perfectly-formed selection features verses including ‘Muc, Muc, Muc’, ‘Two Cats of Kilkenny’ and “Mary Mac, Mac, Mac, all dressed in black, black, black, silver buttons, buttons, buttons all down her back, back, back”. Sing or chant and clap along to Michael Finnegan , who grew whiskers on his chin-egin … the musicality of such rhythmic verse, whose repetition is one of the enduring joys of early childhood, its value on this occasion being increased by the fact that all royalties from the durable board book version are going to Barnardos

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