Let's See Ireland by Sarah Bowie

letseeirelandFollow Molly’s journey in this gorgeous picture book that is sure to delight adults and children alike! Molly, her parents, and her cat Mipsy tour Ireland and see all the main sights! Written and illustrated by the author. Locations include: Dublin Zoo, Christchurch Cathedral, Temple Bar, Trinity College / Book of Kells, Stephen’s Green / Botanic Gardens, Rock of Cashel, Hook Lighthouse, Wexford, Cork City, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway and Newgrange.

It’s rare that I shine the spotlight on children’s picture books here on WBW, but when I do, it’s usually because it’s somebody I know, or a local author/illustrator. Personally, I don’t know Sarah Bowie, but I know of her work. Sarah is an illustrator who lives in Dublin, and her work has been published in a range of books, comics and magazines. I’m a fan, to say the least. When O’ Brien Press sent me this through my letterbox, I jumped for joy. I couldn’t believe I was holding an actual copy of Sarah Bowie’s Let’s See Ireland.

As someone who lives in Ireland, I have to say I am a bit biased and have to recommend this book to everybody–especially if you’re not from Ireland. It’s a great little read for the little ones, and it’s great for big people too, because it let’s you know where all the best tourist locations to go are, and what to expect there–well, as best as you can get from a 30 page children’s book!

Personally, I’ve been to at least 10 of the locations given in the book, and can say they’re as entertaining as Sarah makes them out to be. The character she has created for this book, is Molly, and she does a great job of bringing you around to all the highlights of each destination.

My favourite part of this book was Molly’s cat, Mipsy. Sarah did a great job of incorporating Mipsy into the story, even though Mipsy wasn’t meant to be there.  I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but basically you play hide-and-seek with Mipsy.

Let’s See Ireland is a great children’s book for anyone of any age. I sincerely hope this book does extremely well, especially over seas, and I wouldn’t be against seeing another volume of Let’s See Ireland, because I’m pretty sure there are some more excellent tourist destinations that could be explored by Molly and Mipsy the cat! 🙂

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