Barney Goose

Barney Goose

A Wild Atlantic Way Adventure

Written by and Illustrated by Carol Ann Treacy

Join Barney Goose as he travels the Wild Atlantic Way from West Cork all the way to Donegal. See the sights and meet new friends in each new location.


Quiz Writer's Choice: Primary Fiction Award - 2021

Renaissance Learning Quiz Writers - Long-listed

Summer Reading Challenge - 2021

The Reading Agency - Long-listed

Hardback: €14.99
Hardback: 32 pages
Size:261x215 mm
ISBN: 9781788491426

Tom the lighthouse keeper finds an egg washed up on the beach in West Cork. When it hatches, young Barney Goose lives happily with Tom, until he feels a need to fly! What will Barney find as as he travels the Wild Atlantic Way from West Cork all the way to Donegal? And why does he feel a need to fly there?

A beautiful picture book showing the sights of Ireland's Wild Atlantic way.

Carol Ann Treacy is an Irish children’s author, illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Kilkenny in a very messy house with her husband, two children and a bunch of wild cats; She loves to travel and sometimes wishes she could fly. She thinks geese are great. Honk!

delightfully charming picture book

NI4Kids Magazine

pretty picturebook … Treacy creates memorable visual imagery of distinctive Irish landmarks, but she pays special care to her characterisation of Barney, with his easily spotted red bobble hat. The circular structure makes for a comforting final double-page spread, which will have young readers hankering for Irish adventures of their own

Irish Times

just might help keep your young children (or grandchildren) happy 

The Avondhu

Children's Books Ireland CEO Elaina Ryan recommends Barney Goose: ‘lovely warm character … sweet little bird with a red woolly hat … follows his journey up the entire island … seeing such lovely parts of the country as he goes’ … Especially timely as ‘you can’t go anywhere but it’s nice to see some beautiful bits of our island’

Ireland AM, Virgin

I liked the part where he soared over the hills of Donegal because it made his heart happy and I’m from Donegal so it makes me happy too … My favourite bit was when the geese flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Greenland past the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights looked cool and Barney never felt so happy … I would give this book 10/10 for a lovely story and great illustrations’ By Éilis, 3rd Class, St. Conal’s National School, Narin, Portnoo, Co. Donegal

Seomra Ranga

In this bright, colourful adventure, we follow a young barnacle goose on his trek up the coast of Irelands' Wild Atlantic Way. Written with an easy-to-read, but none the less exciting text, even the youngest reader learns a lot about the geography and wildlife of the area and the behaviour and annual migration pattern of geese. But there's more! Woven in is a sweet story of friendship; making new friends and remembering the old; and kindness. We feel a sense of companionship with Barney, presented as a funny, interesting character. Little touches such as the red knitted hat he wears along his way give him an almost human appeal (and makes him easy to spot, for sure.)  The welcome he receives as he meets up (finally) with a flock of like-minded geese is heartwarming. With its' bold palette, beautiful, expressive pictures, and contemporary design, we are given a glimpse of a natural world filled with wonder.  A wonderful story, warm and adventurous; this is a book filled with delight

Fallen Star Stories

a charming and attractive picturebook giving lots of clever nods to tourist attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way … the illustrations capture the blues, greens and greys of the Irish landscape beautifully

Irish Independent

a beautiful new children’s book explores the rugged beauty of the Irish west coast, and introduces readers to young Barney Goose as he bumps into a host of Irish wildlife … charming … a fun, fast-paced read which your child will happily honk along with … the illustrations re to be savoured … Carol Ann Treacy’s gorgeous artworks showcase some of the lesser spotted stars - puffins, whales, deer – of the various habitats on the western coast … the quality of illustrations in this hardback edition comes as no surprise as it is a hallmark of publisher O’Brien Press

Connaught Telegraph, Anglo Celt, Westmeath Examiner, Westmeath Independent, Meath Chronicle

elegantly-illustrated exploration of the wildlife of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Kilkenny’s Carol Ann Treacy, will be a likely hit both at home and with visitors to Ireland

Evening Echo

This wet and windy journey follows the playful Barney and his red knitted hat on a trip to see the great flora and fauna of the Wild Atlantic Way. Carol Ann Treacy’s flair for maximalist illustration packs every page with landmarks, animals and imagery that fully immerses the reader in every spread. This book will transport the reader to the west coast and is perfect for curious young explorers

Children's Books Ireland

Will be enjoyed by the very young

Irish Independent

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page; swans swimming

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: Barney and an eagle

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: Barney goose!

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: Barney meets a whale

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: Barney meets the dolphins

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: deer grazing

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: geese flying through the Northern Lights

  • Download Activity sheets: Colouring page: seals playing on the rocks

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