The Night-time Cat and the Plump, Grey Mouse

The Night-time Cat and the Plump, Grey Mouse

A Trinity College Tale

Written by Erika McGann, By (artist) Lauren O'Neill

Follow the Night-Time Cat, Pangur Bán, as she searches Trinity College for the plump grey mouse. Along the way she asks for help from various figures in Trinity College, from Oscar Wilde to Count Dracula. Will Pangur Bán get her prize or will this mischievous mouse evade capture? An enchanting tale full of adventure and discovery.

Hardback: €14.99
Hardback: 32 pages
Size:260x215 mm
ISBN: 9781847179456

On a dark, dark night, in a very quiet library, there is an old, old, beautiful book. Looking out from the pages of the book is a plump, grey mouse. When the clock strikes twelve, the little mouse hops right off the page and begins his magical exploration of Trinity College.

The mouse, however, is not alone: Four furry paws with very sharp claws follow him from the book into Trinity College.

This sharp clawed cat is hungry and in search of the plump grey mouse.

Follow the night-time cat, Pangur Bán, as she searches Trinity College for the plump grey mouse. Along the way she asks for help from various figures in Trinity College, from Jonathan Swift to the Queen of England and from Oscar Wilde to Count Dracula. Will Pangur Bán catch the plump grey mouse or will this mischievous mouse evade capture? This is an enchanting tale full of adventure and discovery.

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

Lauren O'Neill

Lauren O’Neill is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. Originally from Wexford, she moved to Dublin to study in NCAD and stayed. Her work has appeared across a wide variety of areas from advertising campaigns to storybooks and gallery exhibitions. She has illustrated Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, winning the Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award for Illustration, and Blazing a Trail which won the Children's Book of the Year (senior) Irish Book Award in 2018.

If you thought that schools go all quiet at night, once its students have left, Erika McGann’s tale will prove you most wrong: in this picturebook, the corridors of Trinity College are not only the stage of a chasing game between a hungry cat and a cheeky mouse, they are also full of (friendly) ghosts of times gone by. As cat Pangur Bán searches between the stacks of books for his speedy prey, the reader is treated to a nightly tour of the college’s haunts and its bookish history. Jonathan Swift, Queen Elizabeth I, Oscar Wilde and many other Trinity related ghosts appear in turn and though they do not help Pangur Bán on his dinner quest in the least, they do provide informative fun to the reader. With patterns evocative of the Book of Kells’ illuminations and luminous shades of blue, yellow and pink, Lauren O’Neill’s illustrations beautifully accompany this story. The cartoonish features of the characters are expressive and bring an added touch of fun and dynamism to the story. Young readers will enjoy identifying the famous ghosts and their creations as well as spotting the grey and plump and oh-so-juicy mouse hiding in every single spread. Last but not least, the biographies at the end of the book are a very nice touch and will undoubtedly generate further reads, and why not, a visit in person to Pangur Bán’s favourite hunting grounds

Children’s Books Ireland

We decided to review “The Night-time Cat and the Plump Grey Mouse – A Trinity College Tale” by Erika Mc Gann and illustrated by Lauren O’Neill as a family. We all love reading and I am lucky enough to read both at home and school daily. Upon initially looking at both the cover, and cover page, of our new exciting book, we were curious about the time of day. What time of the day was the story set in and what characters might come to life? The story is set at night was the conclusion from the darker colours! “ A Mhamaí, the cat is called the Night-Time cat!” they all chanted at once … When we are introduced to Pangur Bán, my youngest, Dáithí, who is 5 ¾ years old, pointed out that he is bán as he has bán all around him. He loved “reading” the pictures for me! … The illustrations in this book help guide the reader and listener along the long, high halls of Trinity College. They weave a fantastic story laced with images of historic figures that have attended this university… We loved this glorious fun way to explore Trinity College with its “hauntingly” ( Muireann, 12) beautiful illustrations on a “spooktacular” (Tiarnán, 9)  journey through the university dark grounds! We are introduced to many of the historical and literary people who have been very much involved in shaping this country. My son Tiarnán, was fascinated by Queen Elizabeth 1st and Jonathan Swift, as he had read about both of them previously. I had told my children about Pangur Bán and his escapades from the Book of Kells when we were in Trinity a couple of summers ago. They were delighted to see him as the main character in the story. Written from the perspective of Pangur Bán, the journey through the story is thrilling, funny and very well written, giving life to the characters and buildings in contrast to the night-time scene. It embraces both Trinity College’s history, and helped us all imagine what life was like fadó, fadó. Dáithí pipes up at the end of it, “Could he (Pangur Bán) be hungry as he hasn’t eaten a long time like the other people?” Reading the illustrations made his understanding and ours a lot more entertaining too! A wonderfully written story, perfect for either day-time or night-time reading with bedside chats or even with your own cat curled up on your lap’ by Julie Anne de Brún, Scoil Mhuire, Maigh Cuilinn, Co. na Gaillimhe

Seomra Ranga

a fun romp of a tale which is greatly enhanced by O’Neill’s spirited and witty illustrations

Irish Independent


Sunday Independent

O’Brien Press has been producing beautiful books for the last 45 years … a sweet story that your little ones will remember into adulthood

Sunday World

What better way to explore Trinity College than this beautifully illustrated, ghostly romp through its' night-time grounds! We meet many of the historical and literary people who have impacted our lives and this incredible library and university right in the heart of Dublin in this charming, action filled tale. Told through the eyes of Pangur Bán (my absolute favourite vignette from The Book of Kells), the journey is exciting, funny and wonderfully written, showing real character and warmth. Not only does this picture book give us a quick lesson in Trinity’s' history, it opens wide the doors of the imagination. A perfect story to share as we enter this ghostly season

Fallen Star Stories

an ingenious collaboration between Erika McGann and Lauren O’Neill whose richly coloured illustrations bring a gentle, inspiring tale alive

Irish Examiner

Erika McGann has created a thrilling Trinity tale. The somewhat terrifying tale is complemented by Lauren O’Neill’s distinctive and expressive illustrations from amusing features to imposing facades. Not to be read after dusk

RTEjr's Book Club

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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Also by Lauren O'Neill:

Mollie On The March
The Boldness of Betty
The Making of Mollie
Twin Power: Throw In!
Twin Power: The Lost Cup
Blazing a Trail

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