Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish author & 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 set in a stunning landscape from another time. All of this prompted his love for nature, animals, the sea, and storytelling. He creates his illustrations digitally, but loves working with a textured, painterly approach. The Vanishing Lake is his debut author-illustrated picture book, based on a real lake close to his childhood home in Ireland. He wishes Pluto were still a planet.

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

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