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    Slug and the Snail, The

    By Oein DeBhairduin

    Quick Overview

    An Irish Traveller folktale told by award-winning author Oein DeBhairduin, co-published by inclusive Irish presses Little Island and Skein Press.
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    Awards Received

    Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration 2024

    Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2024

    Shortlisted: An Post Irish Book Awards Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Junior) 2023

    BookTrust Book of the Month October 2023

    BookTrust Northern Ireland Book of the Day 4th October 2023

    An Irish Traveller folktale told by award-winning author Oein DeBhairduin, co-published by inclusive Irish presses Little Island and Skein Press


    Illustrated by Olya Anima



    "At night, as the slugs rested beneath the stars, the younger brother made plans for a new home."

    Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week 16th July 2023

    BookTrust Book of the Month October 2023

    BookTrust Northern Ireland Book of the day 4th October 2023

    Drawn from the Irish Traveller storytelling tradition, DeBhairduin’s tale is a gentle allegory about identity, self-acceptance and different ways of seeing the world.

    Two slugs travel happily together until they meet a crow who asks them where their home is. The younger brother, embarrassed, makes himself a shell, and calls himself snail. The older brother carries on as he is. At first, the brothers grow apart. But in time, they learn to respect each other’s way of life.  

    "Beautifully illustrated." The Irish Times

    "A beautifully illustrated picture book ... It’s a clever story about acceptance and celebrating, as the book says, “similarities and common connection”." — Sarah Webb, Irish Independent 

    "A warm story of difference and commonality."   — Sunday Independent

    "A beautifully illustrated refreshing modern-day Aesop’s Fable ... This sweet and unique picture book is rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community and gently explores themes of belonging, community, friendship, acceptance, and feelings with a light-hearted and thoughtful touch." — BookTrust Northern Ireland

    "In melodic prose, DeBhairduin weaves a tale about a time when no snails existed in the world ... Anima’s radiant illustrations illuminate fine details within vast landscapes in a gentle work about perspective and connection."  — Publishers Weekly

    "I love this story." — The John Toal Show

    "In a world full of prejudice, the message here is one of respect for all ways of life." — The Echo

    "A gorgeous, elegant book, with a profound, unforgettable message." — Meath Chronicle

    "This is a gorgeous book and hopefully not the last we hear of Oein and Olya." — Read and Reviewed

    "I definitely learned something from this book ... This story points out that though we are different we can still find common ground. I believe that to be true ... The illustrations were good as was the story."  — NetGalley Review

    "This is a beautifully illustrated telling of an Irish tale.'" — ***** NetGalley Librarian Review

    "Lovely illustrations support the text and tell the story of how large the world is." — NetGalley Librarian Review

    "Gorgeously illustrated." — NetGalley Librarian Review


    Praise for Oein DeBhairduin's Why the Moon Travels

    "A beautiful book, immaculately written in clear but inventive language AND Why the Moon Travels, the title story, may be the most beautiful of all the tales, a metaphysical love story and tragedy that echoes everything from Lorca to Ladyhawke." — Irish Times

    "Life-affirming, luminous and lyrical, these vividly told stories of folklore, make the reader see nature — and the Travelling community in a new light." — Irish Examiner

    "DeBhairduin is a born storyteller.And here is a book that extends its hands generously across a boundary. A gift to the settled community, it belongs in every school and household."— Children’s Book Ireland, Editors Choice

    "DeBhairduin writes with extraordinary lyricism and deep passion." —  Books Ireland Magazine

     

     

    Oein is from Galway. He loves stories, new and old, long-shared and freshly-told. It brings joy to his heart to read and tell tales from and about his community, the Mincéirí. He works in the National Museum of Ireland where he collect the objects and their stories that connect our past to our present and hopeful futures. He was gifted this tale and he’s sharing it with you, in hopes that it travels well.

     

    About the Illustrator 
     

    Olya is an artist-illustrator and visual storyteller. She holds an honours bachelor’s degree in animation and an honours master’s degree in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Olya paints, illustrates books, and occasionally makes short animated films. One of her main sources of inspiration is the quiet mystery of the Irish countryside, especially along its western seaboard. Where, as Olya believes, live many magical creatures like fairies and elves.

    Photo of Oein de Bhairduin

    Customer Reviews

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    Edel Keaveney
    Slug and the snail

    Beautifully illustrated and fabulously written tale. Bought two! A must have.

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    Ivan McPhillips
    The Slug and the Snail is a superb title for a beautiful story told to Oein by his father.

    The text by Oein, the illustrations by Olya in this book were excellent. I have already purchased 4 copies of this book, one for myself, and 3 copies for friends. This is the second book written by Oein that I have read. Why the Moon Travels was also a very enjoyable read. I want to wish Oein, Olya, Skein Press and Little Island great success with this book. I very highly recommend The Slug and the Snail. Go raibh maith agaibh.

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    Paula Mullin
    An important tale

    Another great book from Oein. While it is laid out as a children’s book, it’s an important tale to remind adults too. I wish Oein and Little

    Description

    An Irish Traveller folktale told by award-winning author Oein DeBhairduin, co-published by inclusive Irish presses Little Island and Skein Press


    Illustrated by Olya Anima



    "At night, as the slugs rested beneath the stars, the younger brother made plans for a new home."

    Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week 16th July 2023

    BookTrust Book of the Month October 2023

    BookTrust Northern Ireland Book of the day 4th October 2023

    Drawn from the Irish Traveller storytelling tradition, DeBhairduin’s tale is a gentle allegory about identity, self-acceptance and different ways of seeing the world.

    Two slugs travel happily together until they meet a crow who asks them where their home is. The younger brother, embarrassed, makes himself a shell, and calls himself snail. The older brother carries on as he is. At first, the brothers grow apart. But in time, they learn to respect each other’s way of life.  

    Praise

    "Beautifully illustrated." The Irish Times

    "A beautifully illustrated picture book ... It’s a clever story about acceptance and celebrating, as the book says, “similarities and common connection”." — Sarah Webb, Irish Independent 

    "A warm story of difference and commonality."   — Sunday Independent

    "A beautifully illustrated refreshing modern-day Aesop’s Fable ... This sweet and unique picture book is rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community and gently explores themes of belonging, community, friendship, acceptance, and feelings with a light-hearted and thoughtful touch." — BookTrust Northern Ireland

    "In melodic prose, DeBhairduin weaves a tale about a time when no snails existed in the world ... Anima’s radiant illustrations illuminate fine details within vast landscapes in a gentle work about perspective and connection."  — Publishers Weekly

    "I love this story." — The John Toal Show

    "In a world full of prejudice, the message here is one of respect for all ways of life." — The Echo

    "A gorgeous, elegant book, with a profound, unforgettable message." — Meath Chronicle

    "This is a gorgeous book and hopefully not the last we hear of Oein and Olya." — Read and Reviewed

    "I definitely learned something from this book ... This story points out that though we are different we can still find common ground. I believe that to be true ... The illustrations were good as was the story."  — NetGalley Review

    "This is a beautifully illustrated telling of an Irish tale.'" — ***** NetGalley Librarian Review

    "Lovely illustrations support the text and tell the story of how large the world is." — NetGalley Librarian Review

    "Gorgeously illustrated." — NetGalley Librarian Review


    Praise for Oein DeBhairduin's Why the Moon Travels

    "A beautiful book, immaculately written in clear but inventive language AND Why the Moon Travels, the title story, may be the most beautiful of all the tales, a metaphysical love story and tragedy that echoes everything from Lorca to Ladyhawke." — Irish Times

    "Life-affirming, luminous and lyrical, these vividly told stories of folklore, make the reader see nature — and the Travelling community in a new light." — Irish Examiner

    "DeBhairduin is a born storyteller.And here is a book that extends its hands generously across a boundary. A gift to the settled community, it belongs in every school and household."— Children’s Book Ireland, Editors Choice

    "DeBhairduin writes with extraordinary lyricism and deep passion." —  Books Ireland Magazine

     

     

    About the Author

    Oein is from Galway. He loves stories, new and old, long-shared and freshly-told. It brings joy to his heart to read and tell tales from and about his community, the Mincéirí. He works in the National Museum of Ireland where he collect the objects and their stories that connect our past to our present and hopeful futures. He was gifted this tale and he’s sharing it with you, in hopes that it travels well.

     

    About the Illustrator 
     

    Olya is an artist-illustrator and visual storyteller. She holds an honours bachelor’s degree in animation and an honours master’s degree in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Olya paints, illustrates books, and occasionally makes short animated films. One of her main sources of inspiration is the quiet mystery of the Irish countryside, especially along its western seaboard. Where, as Olya believes, live many magical creatures like fairies and elves.

    Photo of Oein de Bhairduin

    Reader Reviews

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    Edel Keaveney
    Slug and the snail

    Beautifully illustrated and fabulously written tale. Bought two! A must have.

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    Ivan McPhillips
    The Slug and the Snail is a superb title for a beautiful story told to Oein by his father.

    The text by Oein, the illustrations by Olya in this book were excellent. I have already purchased 4 copies of this book, one for myself, and 3 copies for friends. This is the second book written by Oein that I have read. Why the Moon Travels was also a very enjoyable read. I want to wish Oein, Olya, Skein Press and Little Island great success with this book. I very highly recommend The Slug and the Snail. Go raibh maith agaibh.

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    Paula Mullin
    An important tale

    Another great book from Oein. While it is laid out as a children’s book, it’s an important tale to remind adults too. I wish Oein and Little

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 3 reviews
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    Edel Keaveney
    Slug and the snail

    Beautifully illustrated and fabulously written tale. Bought two! A must have.

    I
    Ivan McPhillips
    The Slug and the Snail is a superb title for a beautiful story told to Oein by his father.

    The text by Oein, the illustrations by Olya in this book were excellent. I have already purchased 4 copies of this book, one for myself, and 3 copies for friends. This is the second book written by Oein that I have read. Why the Moon Travels was also a very enjoyable read. I want to wish Oein, Olya, Skein Press and Little Island great success with this book. I very highly recommend The Slug and the Snail. Go raibh maith agaibh.

    P
    Paula Mullin
    An important tale

    Another great book from Oein. While it is laid out as a children’s book, it’s an important tale to remind adults too. I wish Oein and Little

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