Picture Book Author & IllustratorPaddy Donnelly

A Sea Of Stories

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‘A Sea Of Stories’ was written by Sylvia Bishop and illustrated by me. Such a fun story to work on!

Whenever Roo visits Grandpa, she loves exploring the seaside cove near his cottage. But on her latest stay, Grandpa explains that he can’t go down there any more – the path is too steep and overgrown for him to manage. Instead Grandpa tells Roo the stories behind the many objects that fill his house. All of Grandpa’s stories feature the cove and Roo realizes that now, even though they’re so close to the sea, Grandpa is cut off from it. Is there anything she can do to bring Grandpa to the place he loves the most?

Getting to visualise all of Grandpa’s adventure was a dream. I took a lot of inspiration from the coastal scenery of back home in Ballycastle for this one.

This book is ideal for kids aged 5-8 who are starting to read on their own.

Thanks to everyone at Stripes and Bright for all the help on this one. So chuffed to see it out there! Go find it in your nearest bookshop!


"Perfect for newly confident readers, managing to offer rich language and a special story with lovely colour illustrations, full of details and a pleasure to linger over. It is a wonderful tale" - North Somerset Teachers Book Award

"Immensely likeable characters, gentle storytelling and full of heart... Paddy’s illustrations wonderfully capture the joy and warmth of this story" - Book Lover Jo

"This is such a wonderfully precious book" - Lily and Fae

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