The Forgettables: Remarkable Irish People (and Animals) You've Never Heard Of
This book is jam-packed with interesting stories about interesting people (and animals) – who deserve not to be forgotten! From Paddy, the courageous D-Day Pigeon, to Joseph Murphy, the inventor of the potato crisp, to Mary Ward, ‘believed to be the first victim of a road traffic accident in the world’, and many more besides.
The individual stories in this collection are just the right length to captivate the young reader with Dungan’s familiar, relaxed style carrying over to his presentation of these stories. Some solid research and plenty of enticing facts are mixed in with humour and a little dash of irreverence. These stories are interesting in and of themselves, but are also a good springboard for those readers wishing to delve further into the characters featured. There is a good balance between male and female characters and all walks of society, over a long time period, are presented.
The illustrations, by Alan Dunne, are very appropriate to the style of this book. Every page is colourful, which makes for a stimulating read. The illustrations are clearly drawn and add to the pen portraits of the diverse characters. Small details in the illustrations enhance the stories and contribute to the reader’s enjoyment. The feature, at the end of each character’s exposé, of a flashcard summarising the entry, is a very useful device for luring the reader into a more in-depth perusal of the character in question.
The perfect companion for school or class libraries, the home or for long car journeys.