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The Vanishing Lake


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Paddy Donnelly is an award winning Irish author and illustrator of many children’s books, including The Vanishing Lake, which was the 2021 IPPY Gold Medal winner. 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 of nature, animals, the sea, and storytelling. He creates his illustrations digitally and loves working with a textured, painterly approach. Paddy lives in Belgium. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.


"The Vanishing Lake explores the timeless mysteries and magic of nature. A story that captivates the imagination with lush illustrations and humour. It feels like a modern classic." -- Fiona Woodcock, Picture Book Author & Illustrator

"Children will adore this funny and surprising mystery about a determined young girl and her inventive grandfather. Donnelly's beautiful illustrations evoke the spirit of discovery and adventure that children find in all wild places." -- Jennifer Bell, Children's Author

"The whimsical tone and lively art recall Benji Davies' The Storm Whale, and there's a constant sense of motion here;the fluid swoops of the rolling hills and luminous clouds bring vibrancy. Viewers will get a kickout of Meara's look of determination as she tries to suss out the cause of the vanishing lake, and they'll appreciate that the book carries its playful fantasy to the very end." --TheBulletinof the Center for Children's Books

"The Vanishing Lake is a wonderful read for adults and children alike, as it is a journey of discovery...We are brought on this curious journey to Lake Loughareema - under the water and over the hills - by the distinctive and enchanting voice of the author, encouraging us all to discover the magic and wonder of the story." -- Children's Books Ireland, Inis Magazine Issue

Shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2022. Gold Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2021. Selected for the annual Best Children's Books In China list 2020.

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