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Where Are You, Puffling?

Where Are You, Puffling?

An Irish Adventure

Written by Gerry Daly and Erika McGann

A puffling has gone in search of adventure – now her parents can’t find her anywhere!

Can the animals of Skellig help them find their little puffling?


The World Through Picture Books - 2021

IFLA - Commended

Paperback: €9.99
Paperback: 32 pages
Size:260x215 mm
ISBN: 9781788491457

Hardback: €14.99
Also available as an Hardback (Hardback)
Hardback: 32 pages
Size:260x215 mm
ISBN: 9781788490504

A puffling has gone in search of adventure – now her puffin parents can’t find her anywhere!

They talk to the seal and the gannet and the rabbit; they walk to the huts and the cliffs and the cove. They hear lots of stories of the puffling helping others, but they just cannot find their fluffy, black chick.

Finally, they spot her – on a boat out at sea!

The puffling is too small to fly home, so the animals of Skellig work together and come up with something very clever …

Gerry Daly

GERRY DALY is a children’s author and illustrator living by the beautiful sea in Dublin. He hasn’t seen any whales from his window, but saw many off the coast of West Cork. His previous books include the best-selling Where Are You, Puffling? and Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt, both written by Erika McGann and also published by The O’Brien Press. He loves to paint birds and animals, from the tiniest to the biggest of them all.

Erika McGann

Erika McGann grew up in Drogheda, County Louth, and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of The Demon Notebook, winner of the Waverton Good Read Children’s Award, The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival, the ‘Cass and the Bubble Street Gang’ series, and four picture books, Where Are You, Puffling?, Puffling and the Egg (which was nominated for an Irish Book Award) and Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt, all illustrated by Gerry Daly, and The Night-time Cat and the Plump, Grey Mouse, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill. Erika’s most recent book is Tabitha Plimtock and the Edge of the World

a lovely Irish tale … This picture book is beautifully illustrated; you could spend days admiring it. It’s a story that is close to home, based on the well-known islands off the Kerry coast. It has a fun interactive element for the young readers, where they can spot and point out where puffling is hiding on each page. This sweet book is available in English and as Gaeilge

Dubray Books

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

The Avondhu

We think this book is for children age 4 to 6. But the illustrations are really nice so maybe a 7 or 8 year old would enjoy looking at this book and reading it for their younger brother or sister. We give this book 10 out of 10 - By Cathal (6, Junior Infants) & Odhran (8, Second Class), St. Joseph’s NS, Tullamore

Seomra Ranga

already a hit … set on Skellig Michael and charting the adventures of a helpful little puffin

Evening Echo

a charming tale … with busy, cartoon-like illustrations … Children will enjoy finding the tiny Puffling on each page and the back-end papers show the names of each of the animals illustrated, from kittiwakes to conger eels – a nice touch’ … now available in Irish

Irish Independent

the scenery of Skellig Michael is excellently realised

Irish Examiner

greatly enjoyed … a charming read

Sunday Independent


Sunday Times

The story carries a powerful message that children will be able to connect with … The overall message of this story promotes acts of kindness. I commend Erika McGann for her brilliant adaptation of Sean’s story, and Gerry Daly for his beautiful illustrations which make this book so enjoyable to read

InTouch Magazine

a delightful Irish animal adventure and heart-warming debut picture book

Primary Times


Irish Independent

a delightful picture book … combines a heartwarming story with a timely message to look after our wildlife … beautifully illustrated and sure to become a favourite with young readers

Irish Daily Mail

beautiful illustrations

Woman’s Way

a stunning book

Irish Country Magazine

Gerry Daly’s magnificent illustrations combined with Erika McGann’s engaging text as well as a detailed list of the island creatures is a pure treat for young readers

Rtejr's Book Club

From the moment I set eyes upon this beautiful book, its bright, beautiful, colourful and exciting cover enticed me to quickly jump into and explore its tale. My favourite part was following Puffling’s brave yet fun trek around Skellig. Although this book may be aimed at younger readers, I am ten years old and I loved it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is young at heart, has a love of wildlife and enjoys stories that include good morals. “Every day is a good day to have an adventure”

Seomra Ranga Alex (10), 4th Class, Killaloe BNS, Co. Clare.

Charmingly illustrated by Gerry Daly (whose uncle had the original idea for the book) ... a lovely story about friendship and helping each other

Parents in Touch


Mallow Star and Vale Star

The drawings are remarkable… The expressions on the animals are great… The perspective, and the landscapes, there is a skill and a talent in that… It is a beautifully illustrated book

East Coast FM’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan

wonderful …sure to delight younger readers … there’s great fun to be had on finding where the Puffling has hidden on each page and the phrase ‘Where Are You Puffling?’ just begs to be shouted out when reading it at bedtime. This will be one kids return to again and again for the sheer enjoyment of the adventure

Clare People

a charming picture book

Evening Echo

This sweet story of an adventurous young puffin will be enjoyed by readers aged 4+ who are curious about Irish native birds. Tá sé ar fáil anois as Gaeilge freisin, faoin teideal Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?

RTEjr Book Club

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Activity sheets: Flying Puffin - colouring activity

  • Download Activity sheets: Let's draw ... a puffin

  • Download Activity sheets: Let's draw ... a rabbit

  • Download Activity sheets: Let's draw ... a seal

  • Download Activity sheets: Let's draw ... puffling!

  • Download Activity sheets: Puffling family - colouring activity

  • Download Activity sheets: Puffling waving - colouring activity

  • Download Activity sheets: Rabbits - colouring activity

  • Download Activity sheets: Seal - colouring activity

Also by Gerry Daly:

Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?
Where Are You, Puffling? Colouring Book
Puifín Beag agus an Ubh
Finn's First Song
Puffling and the Egg
Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt

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Also by Erika McGann:

Cass and the Bubble Street Gang series
The Demon Notebook
The Broken Spell
The Watching Wood
The Midnight Carnival
The Clubhouse Mystery

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