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Dr Hibernica Finch's Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals
Dr Hibernica Finch's Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals

Dr Hibernica Finch's Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals

Illustrated by Aga Grandowicz, By Rob Maguire



64 Pages, 10 x 12.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $26.99 (US $26.99) (CA $35.99)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781910411940

Rights: US & CA

Little Island Books (Mar 2020)

Price: $26.99


Celebrate the diversity and wonder of Ireland's fauna with exquisite zoologically correct illustrations and light-hearted prose

Giving loving and detailed information about the robins, puffins, and owls of the air, the toads, seals, and basking sharks of Ireland's waters, and the hedgehogs, otters, and deer who share the land, this book details 28 of Ireland's most compelling and iconic animals. The animals are introduced to the reader by Dr. Hibernica, a fictitious Irish zoologist who travels the country and knows everything there is to know about Irish wildlife. The Compendium is presented in the style of her notebook and field notes, with jokes and sketches throughout. The illustrator and author worked closely with Nicola Marples, Professor in Zoology at Trinity College Dublin, who shared her knowledge of the animals of Ireland and checked every fact—furry, fishy, or flighty—in the book.


"Dr Finch is the greatest zoologist that Ireland never had, a fictional character created by Rob Maguire to showcase the stunning illustrations of Aga Grandowicz, whose pencil sketches bring expressive life and detail to Irish wildlife of air, land and water. An open mouthed robin sings itself off the page. An Irish hare stands erect, alert for danger. A natterjack toad curls its tongue around a bumblebee. Maguire's text is clear and concise, but Dr Finch's adventurous spirit crucially ensures the book is never dull. This is a stunning production from Little Island that would be welcomed by any adult seeking a coffee-table centrepiece, as well as any young reader who loves the natural world." —Irish Times

"Maguire offers light-hearted and accessible prose, while Grandowicz's illustrations are both vivid and zoologically precise. Amusing and informative, this compendium is perfect for families, schools and libraries." —Inis Reading Guide, Children's Books Ireland

"A treasure of a book for keeps." —Evening Echo

"Brimming with fascinating details and essential facts about amazing creatures great and small from white-tailed bumblebees to killer whales. Aga Grandowicz's exceptional illustrations are a perfect complement to Rob Maguire's engaging and informative text. This talented pair have created a truly beautiful book with old-world charm, featuring twenty-eight compelling creatures. A wonderful book to be read over and over again, and sure to be a classic!" —RTÉ Junior

"A children's book with a real wow factor… the text is hilarious and yet fully informative and the many, many pictures are irresistible . . . It will enchant the young person in your life. Or just buy it for yourself!" —Meath Chronicle

"A beautifully designed and illustrated book filled with fun facts . . . A great resource for anyone passionate about animals, facts and exploring the fauna of Ireland." —Colleen Jones, Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators

"A stunning ode to Irish animals. The text, narrated by a fictional Irish naturalist, is perfectly pitched for young readers and the illustrations are eye-wateringly good." —Irish Independent roundup of Best Books of 2018

"An amazing book with riveting information and first-class illustrations." —Sunday Independent

Author Biography

Aga Grandowicz is an art director and a graphic designer instead. Rob Maguire is an advertising copywriter who spends his time coming up with madcap ideas such as writing a book about animals.