Waterford Author to release beautiful Children’s book with O’Brien Press about friendship
Waterford City and Council’s Central Library is delighted to welcome Waterford based author and illustrator Shona Shirley MacDonald on Friday 5th October at 11am to celebrate the release of her stunning new picture book The Pooka Party with the second class students from Waterford City’s Christchurch National School.
In MacDonald’s beautifully illustrated picture book we meet the Pooka, a magical shapeshifter who lives in the mountains alone fixing things, painting, dancing and singing. Suddenly, none of this seems fun anymore, the Pooka realises that its lonely and hasn’t seen its friends in ages, After having some time to think, the Pooka decides to throw a big party and invite all of its friends to the Pooka party of the century!
Author and illustrator MacDonald describes her book as: “A madcap tale of what to do if you feel sad and lonely, starring one shapeshifting hero with some musical monsters, flying cakes and a guest appearance by the Moon”.
Caroline Power, Librarian said “We are very excited that Shona has chosen the library to showcase her new book, I have had a sneak peak and it is a very special story that children will love. We are looking forward to throwing a Pooka Party like no other! And we are delighted to have the help of some local children”.
The Pooka Party is due to be published by O’Brien Press and will be available nationwide and in your library in late October.
Shona Shirley Macdonald is an artist based in Co. Waterford, though she is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. She studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in stop-motion animation, and after graduating she began her career as a freelance artist. Her illustration projects range from publications of poetry and fiction, to concept artwork for theatre and computer games. Shona illustrated the beautiful children’s book The Moon Spun Round which was published in 2016.