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.
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 with whom we share the land,
this is a treasure of a book with details of twenty eight of Ireland’s most compelling and iconic animals.
The book was the idea of Irish-Polish illustrator Aga Grandowicz, who originally wanted to be a vet,
and to this day spends some of her happiest times drawing animals. She joined forces with Bray native Rob Maguire,
who supplied the witty, entertaining and informative prose – despite being allergic to animals.
They also 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 Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals was published by Little Island in late 2018
and 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
(Aga Grandowicz won the Honour Award for Illustration in the latter one) and recently for Literacy Ireland Children’s Book Award 2019.