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.

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

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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

‘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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‘Absolutely beautiful book, bought one as a gift and just about to buy more.’
Sarah Forsyth, review on Amazon

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‘This book is truly a work of art. The quality of the images, the artfulness of the text and the sheer sense of wonder that it communicates about Irish fauna, makes this book a must-have for the child who is about to be inspired to be a zoologist.’
Ciaran Buckley, review on Amazon

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‘Unbelievable illustrations and I loved the way the book is split into land, sea and air animals. A great gift. My class of 29 11 year olds ate it up.’
Teresa Timmons, review on Amazon