Paddy Donnelly

Illustrator Headshot - Paddy Donnelly


Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator now living in Belgium. He has over 15 years experience as an illustrator and designer, and especially loves working with a textured, painterly approach. With a fondness for illustrating the sea and animals, Paddy tries to inject a touch of humour to his work wherever he can. Coming from a graphic design background, Paddy is comfortable working in different illustration styles depending on the needs of the project. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.

Wolves in Helicopters - book cover

Wolves in Helicopters

Hop has night terrors, filled with big, scary, hungry-eyed wolves. She knows they only live in her dreams but they still seem very real. Her mummy has some good advice, but will Hop be brave enough to take it?

They had me at the title, if I’m honest. Who could resist the idea of Wolves in helicopters?

Book Cover - Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

For as long as she can remember, Utterly has felt drawn to the sea. As a baby, she was found along the shores of the Autumn Isles by Andrewe Dark, her caretaker and the Watcher of Wildsea. Strange things happen there. At night, Utterly swears that she can hear the waves calling out her name. However no one seems to believe her when she talks about it. Or perhaps they simply don’t want to.

Book Cover - The Last Seaweed Pie

The Last Seaweed Pie

The Treeple love making things. It’s not the only thing they love – they’re also fans of papaya pies and climbing with lemurs – but making things is what they love the most. They ‘make and mould, sew and saw, bag and tap’. Look at those happy, productive people – surely it’s the way to go? Not like those Seaple, who live underwater and are like the Treeple in many ways – they build things and they make pies of their own (seaweed). But their absolute favourite thing is to ‘watch nature’.

Book Cover - Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

Like a Pixar cartoon in book form, this funny and subversive tale pokes fun at a brave knight, whose self-proclaimed mission is to find and slay a dragon. Despite the naysayers, he has complete self-confidence and a map with an X saying ‘HERE BE DRAGONS’.

Book Cover - Hom


Following a storm at sea, a shipwrecked boy forms an unlikely friendship with a creature named Hom – the last surviving member of his kind, who inhabits an otherwise deserted island. Their days are filled with carefree play and shared learning ... until a rescue ship lands ashore. Will the draw of home be strong enough for the boy to abandon his new life and best friend?

Book Cover - Míp


Ba dheacair an rud é scéal Mhíp a léamh is gan titim i ngrá leis an róbat beag bídeach seo agus a cuid féiníní. Is é an misean atá tugtha do Mhíp ná taisteal go Mars agus ós rud é go bhfuil scéal Mhíp bunaithe ar fhíorscéal ‘Opportunity’, róbat NASA, tá sé níos suimiúla fós. Rachaidh na léitheoirí, idir óg agus aosta, ar thuras atá greannmhar in amanna, brónach uaireanta, ach ag críoch an leabhair, beidh sonas orthu gur ghlac siad páirt i scéal neamhghnách Mhíp.

Book Cover - A Sea of Stories

A Sea Of Stories

This charming story focuses on the relationship between Roo and Grandpa. Roo is spending some time with Grandpa. His cottage is cluttered with the bits-andpieces of a seafaring life. Grandpa is more than happy to fill Roo in on all the stories associated with them.

Book Cover - Scúnc agus Smúirín

Scúnc agus Smúirín

Scéal céadfach atá i Scúnc agus Smúirín agus fiú ón teideal tuigeann an léitheoir ní amháin go mbeidh an leabhar á léamh, ach á bholadh aige freisin. Díríonn na heachtraí ar an gcion atá ag an bpríomhcharachtar ar bholadh speisialta an teidí is ansa leis.