Paperback | Age 5-7 | 36 pages | 250 x 250mm
Publication October 2021 | ISBN 9781913733919
Molly and her dad rescue three people in trouble from a small boat off the coast. Though they speak different languages, the new arrivals quickly make friends with the islanders, who offer them somewhere to stay and some clothes and food. Just a few weeks later, a new challenge threatens this relationship, but will Molly and the islanders be able to help their new friends?
Malachy Doyle has over 100 children’s books published by leading English, Welsh and Irish publishers, from picture books to teenage novels. His work has been translated into 27 languages and he is a previous winner of the Tir na n-Og Award, the Nestle Children’s Book Award, the English Association Award for Non-Fiction and many other awards in the UK and USA.
Andrew Whitson has illustrated books on various aspects of Irish mythology, including The Creatures of Celtic Myth, The Field Guide to Irish Fairies and The Dark Spirit. In 2011, Andrew received the Bisto honorary award for book illustration.
Books in the Series:
'With the clarity of vision and an understanding that all too frequently only comes from children, this book sings with compassion, honesty and heart. The clear, eloquent story and warm, expressive illustrations talk about a problem we sometimes push to the side in our minds, even though it happens everyday.' - Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories
'With an emphasis on compassion, kindness and hope, in a way that will be understood by young children, author Malachy Doyle and illustrator Andrew Whitson present an important topic that seems to have moved to the back of many people’s consciousness. With Andrew’s dramatic scenes, and Malachy’s warm words, let’s hope that this book will help bring it to the forefront once again.' - Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
'In the hands of this author-illustrator duo, a serious issue is turned into a form that even the very young will understand, emphasising human values of compassion and kindness, and demonstrating how there is room for all of us to live happily together. As always, Molly’s island looks very enticing and the scenes at sea are full of drama.' - Andrea Reece, Love Reading 4 Kids
'This is a tale to help children be more thoughtful for refugees that have fled to England for help and a better life.' - Book Read 2 Day
'A timely story to introduce to young children how communities can help people fleeing danger to settle & feel welcomed' - Jo Bowers
'Poignantly handling themes of immigration and settlement and how the strength of friendship and community can overcome adversity, as author Malachy Doyle describes, Molly and the Shipwreck is ‘a story for our times, a tale of fi nding a place in our lives and in our hearts for those in need.’' Primary Times
'I love the threads of hope, kindness and empathy running through this story, and wish it could turn out like this for all refugees.' - It's All About Stories
'If you're looking for a picturebook that combines honesty, compassion & heart with adventure, humour & charm, you won't do better than Molly and the Shipwreck by Malachy Doyle & Andrew Whitson... in fact, the entire Molly series is perfection.' - Book Elves 2021
'Molly shows us just how easy it could be to welcome others into our communities and hearts, something everyone should learn and understand. Superb illustrations bring Molly and her island to life, almost so you can feel the sea breeze!' - Erin Hamilton, My Shelves are Full
'This is a great and fun picture book explaining an important issue that affects so many today.' - The Strawberry Post
'This is a beautiful story that will help young children understand the world around them, it will encourage them to find a place in there hearts for people in need.' - Helen Byles, Book Bound
‘It is a cosy story with a happy ending – in which the island welcomes the newcomers with open arms and shows just how much new arrivals contribute to the community – but it would work well as a starting point to explore the issues raised.’ Jo Sennitt, The School Librarian