World Book Day 2012 The O'Brien Press


A wonderful bilingual ‘flipper’ book for World Book Day 2012

To celebrate World Book Day 2012 The O’Brien Press have brought out a special Flipper Book!

"Marco Moves In/Bróga Thomáis" by Gerry Boland and Una Leavy

  • Fun adventure stories that all kids will relate to!
  • Hilarious illustrations by Áine McGuinness and Margaret Suggs
  • Two languages – twice the fun!

Meet Patrick and Marco, his best friend: who happens to be a grizzly bear, recently escaped from the zoo!

Ní maith le Tomás Bróga: cad a dhéanfaidh Mamaí agus Daidí?


Coming soon – Marco: Master of Disguise

Marco: Master of Disguise also by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Aine McGuinness

‘Nearly everyone in my class had a pet of some sort. Lots of them had dogs, and a fair few had cats, budgies and goldfish. Max Wallace had a hamster and Adam O'Hara had a tortoise which he claimed was sixty years old, though I'm pretty sure he was exaggerating. Sam Tripp had a small lizard and a pet rabbit, which was a strange combination. But no one I knew had a grizzly bear sleeping in their garden shed, or sat beside a grizzly bear most nights watching TV.
Marco wasn't a pet, of course. He was my friend. My best friend.’

Can Patrick stop his friend being sent back to the zoo? An absurd and hilarious tale of real friendship.


About the Author and Illustrators

Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist. He is also an active campaigner on vegan and animal rights issues. He now lives in Roscommon.

Una Leavy works as a primary school teacher and to date has had seven books published by The O’Brien Press.

Áine Mc Guinness is from a small village on the East coast of Ireland. She studied animation at the National Film School of Ireland where she graduated with a degree in 2007. She worked as an animator until 2010 before beginning a career as a professional illustrator. Her work is often inspired by childhood memories and nature and mainly combines digital and watercolour painting. Áine is currently based in Dublin, Ireland.


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