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.

Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals by Aga Grandowicz and Rob Maguire, published by Little Island

PRAISE FOR COMPELLING COMPENDIUM

‘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.’
The Irish Times

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‘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

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‘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.’
The Irish Independent, roundup of Best Books of 2018

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‘A treasure of a book for keeps.’
Evening Echo

‘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!’
The Meath Chronicle

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‘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

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‘An amazing book with riveting information and first-class illustrations.’
The Sunday Independent

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‘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