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Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish author and illustrator living in Belgium. He grew up on the north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures and shape-shifting animals. All of this, set in a stunning landscape from another time, prompted his love of nature, animals, the sea and storytelling. He creates his illustrations digitally, but loves working with a textured, painterly approach. The Vanishing Lake was his debut author-illustrated picture book, based on a real lake close to his childhood home in Ireland. His most recent book is Fox & Son Tailers, published in 2022. He wishes Pluto were still a planet.

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Fox & Son Tailers

  • Download Activity sheets: Draw a new tail for Rory

  • Download Activity sheets: Help Rory and Fox design some really colourful tails!

The Vanishing Lake

  • Download Activity sheets: Meara is boating on the lake with grandad. Spot 8 differences between the 2 pictures

  • Download Activity sheets: Meara is exploring the lake bottom. Spot 8 differences between the 2 pictures

  • Download Activity sheets: A drawing of Meara on the lake bed to colour in

  • Download Activity sheets: Questions and activities based on The Vanishing Lake

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Fox & Son Tailers

Rory’s dad, Fox, is a tailer. The BEST in the business! Animals come from all over to have their tails made by him. Rory helps in the shop and one of his jobs is measuring the customers for the tails - which isn't always easy!
But Rory is bored of making the same old tails. He has his own amazing ideas ...

The Vanishing Lake

Meara's Granddad lives by the mysterious lake of Loughareema. Some days it’s full and shimmering, and some days it's completely empty! Grandad has plenty of stories about why it vanishes. Is it mermaids? Narwhals? Giants? Meara doesn't believe any of these stories, but with a little imagination she may eventually discover the ‘real’ reason ...