The Sleeping Giant

The Sleeping Giant

Off the coast of Ireland there lies an island. It looks just like a giant sleeping in the sea.

But what if it really is a giant – and what if, one day, the sleeping giant wakes up?


The World Through Picture Books - 2021

IFLA - Commended

Paperback: €9.99
Paperback: 32 pages
Size:275x210 mm
ISBN: 9781788490894

Off the coast of Ireland there lies an island. It looks just like a giant sleeping in the sea. But what if it really is a giant – and what if, one day, the sleeping giant wakes up?

The Sleeping Giant, first published in 1991, quickly became a huge favourite with children all over Ireland and it hit the annual bestseller lists again when the paperback edition was published in 1998. The O'Brien Press are delighted to bring out this new edition for a new generation of children to enjoy.

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

MARIE-LOUISE FITZPATRICK is one of Ireland’s most celebrated children’s book authors and illustrators. She has been awarded the prestigious Bisto/CBI Book of the Year Award three times: for There in 2010, You, Me and the Big Blue Sea in 2003, and Izzy and Skunk in 2001. She is also the author and illustrator of I’m a Tiger Too and I am I.

The Sleeping Giant, Marie- Louise’s second book, won a Bisto Award for Best Picture Book in 1992. Dublin-born Marie-Louise currently lives in County Wicklow with her husband.

a handsome picture book with a charming story … bold and dynamic with plenty of Irish cultural references … a wonderful stimulus for oral language lessons

InTouch Magazine

this book will bring a new audience to a favourite with children all over Ireland. As a celebrated Irish author and illustrator for children, Fitzpatrick has filled the book with highly detailed, vibrant and atmospheric watercolour pictures. The colour palette varies from gently muted pastels to rich hues of reds and blues and purples, reflecting each present mood … A story to be read over and again; the rich language and the detailed pictures demand further enjoyment

Books for Keeps

a huge favourite

Woman’s Way

a magical book with wonderful illustrations which  both adults and children of all ages will find engaging and captivating … There are endless possibilities as to how  this book could be effectively used in  the classroom. Some which spring to mind include (a) sequencing activity where students retell the story orally, in writing or through drawing pictures (b) readers’ theatre where students work collaboratively in groups to write the script (c) in SPHE, exploring how someone’s difference(s) can instil a sense of isolation and fear. I read this book to a variety of classes ranging from Junior Infants to 3rd Class and all the students were thoroughly enthralled by the storyline as well as the illustrations. This would be a wonderful addition to any classroom library given the multifaceted nature of this book. 

Seomra Ranga Sandra Ní Dhubhda, SEN Teacher

a magical reading and visual experience for a new generation


new edition for a new generation of children to enjoy

Ireland’s Own Magazine

just as magical as it was in 1991 when it first landed on shelves

Irish Country Magazine

much-loved picture book with fine watercolour illustrations

Irish Independent

Ireland is a land of myth and mystery and this tale has been a great success since its first publication in 1991 … This enjoyable story with its modern take on tradition, and with its subtly coloured illustrations packed with quirky details, is a delight to read

Parents in Touch

a welcome return of Fitzpatrick’s classic tale

Irish Examiner

much-loved … magical in both its storyweaving and illustration

Evening Echo

The Sleeping Giant has returned … with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick’s beautiful story of an out-of-place giant … it was a joy when it was first released and remains so today with illustrations that breath life and voice into the mystical story

Clare People

remains one of the high achievements of picture-book art and storytelling: words
and pictures wonderfully combine to create a world where elements of the traditional and the modern are attractively brought together to provide a magical reading and visual experience

Robert Dunbar

A gem … Fitzpatrick’s lovely watercolour illustrations are filled with funny, quirky details and match the text perfectly.

Irish Times

A delightful, satisfying, highly recommended story which will see many a young child to trouble-free sleep for years to come.

Books Ireland Clodagh Corcoran

Every child will love this delicate picture book about the mayhem created when the giant wakes and takes a walk.

RTE Guide Mary Finn
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