Dodos Are Not Extinct!

Dodos Are Not Extinct!

Dodos are extinct, right?
WRONG!
They’re not! They’re just in disguise, and they’re not the only ones. This book reveals the secrets of the woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose . . .

Paperback: €11.99
Paperback: 32 pages
Size:256x205 mm
ISBN: 9781788493963

Category: Picture Book

Dodos are extinct, right?
WRONG!
They’re not! They’re just in disguise, and they’re not the only ones. This book reveals the secrets of the woolly mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose …
From author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly comes a hilarious story that will keep kids giggling and guessing on every page.

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.

‘Deliciously daft, beautifully illustrated, and a wonderful way to get children to really look at the wildlife around them.’

M.G. Leonard, Beetle Boy

‘HILARIOUSLY SILLY and ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

(Now I know why my teacher had such a long tail.)’

Karl Newson, I Am a Tiger

If you enjoy a picture book that makes you sit up and pay attention whilst delivering lots of giggles then Dodos Are Not Extinct will be a good choice … Paddy Donnelly’s trademark witty illustrations and fabulous sense of humour …O’Brien Books picked a winner with this publication which is going to win the hearts and giggles of every reader. Did you know that right there, under your very nose, there could be an animal in disguise. Do you know how to look, where to look, how to spot them? After sharing this story you’ll be far more aware and more right than wrong too. Of course it’s not easy and with every page you’ll be continually guessing but that makes it even more fun to read. With so much to take in you’ll need to come back to this story more than once

Armadillo Magazine

Amidst all the fun and frivolity, however, the Antrim-born author makes some serious points. Giving examples and information on species no longer extant, some due to climate changes but more of them because of the actions of humans, in some instances within the last century, he makes a plea for creatures now on the endangered list … Sufficiently silly to entertain young readers, this latest picture book from the creator of The Vanishing Lake and last year’s Fox & Son Tailers also opens readers’ minds to the importance of protecting the world’s rapidly-declining biodiversity

The Echo

a humorous children’s book that has a fun and lighthearted feel, wherein the protagonist, Dodo, wants to let us in on a big secret about ‘extinct’ animals that are here and there among us incognito! The illustrations are amusing and visually pleasing and there is a lot of learning to be gleaned from the book in a very natural way. It is definitely a book that opens up many lines of conversation with children …I feel this book would be best suited to children from about 5 to 8 years as they would be well able to engage in conversation around the animals and what it means that they are now extinct. The appendix would serve as excellent personal reading for children from ages 7 or 8 and beyond. From a teaching point of view the book would be very useful as a starting point for a lesson or series of lessons for children even up to fifth or sixth class. There would be a wealth of teaching material in the area of SESE around climate change, animal welfare, history, myths and legends, world geography etc.

Seomra Ranga - Nollaig Bourke, teacher in Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard, Co. Laois

yet another treasure … In his own whacky way, Donnelly raises awareness about how we must strive to protect planet Earth if we are to continue sharing it with such magnificent creatures. His illustrations are vibrant, quirky, and full of imagination with a distinct flair to them. On the final pages, he includes a list of other animals who no longer exist and a gentle introduction about why dodos are, in fact, extinct. What’s wonderful about Donnelly’s books is that you never know what he will write about next, but you do know it will be worth a read. He is taking the children’s literature scene by storm, I’m eager to see what he writes next

Irish Examiner

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Activity sheets: Colour your dodo, then give him a disguise!

Also by Paddy Donnelly:

The Vanishing Lake
Fox & Son Tailers

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