Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals
A children’s book that celebrates the diversity and wonder of Ireland’s fauna –
from the tiny Eurasian pygmy shrew to the enormous killer whale.
I always wanted to work with animals – as a vet or an ichthyologist (a scientist who studies fish),
but changed my plans one year before college an decided to study fine arts and graphic design instead.
I’ve been always very happy with my choice but the need to work on something animals-related persisted,
so one day I decided to make my own reference book about fauna (I loved these as a kid).
I wanted this book to be light-hearted and witty so I joined forces with an amazing writer I met through work in advertising –
Rob Maguire. After two years of work under the supervision of our publisher – Little Island –
the book has been launched (4.10.2018) and, to our delight, it became quite a success – it’s been receiving an amazing feedback
and many great reviews, and it was also shortlisted for Irish Books Awards 2018 in the Best Irish-Published category, for CBI’s Book of the Year Award 2019
(and won the Honour Award for Illustration in the latter one) and recently for Literacy Ireland Children’s Book Award 2019.