A Spooktacular Place to Be

A Spooktacular Place to Be is Úna Woods’ follow up to her popular Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire from last year. In the book, the Dublin vampire (does he have a name?) and his bat friend journey around Ireland in search of spookier places to live than his Dublin park. They hit all the spooky and haunted destinations across the country such as Newgrange, St Michans church, Fastnet Lighthouse and others, but do any of them feel as homely as his spooky and familiar old tree?

Told in gentle rhyme, Woods guides the Dublin vampire and the reader across the country. Introducing one haunted location after the other, including their spooky inhabitants. She manages that fine balance of making her spreads spooky but colourful, fun and friendly. Every location has a character of its own. Each spread is filled with activity and background characters to keep kids engaged again and again as they discover more.

Overall, a lovely tour book of Ireland with the realisation that while it is lovely to visit strange new places, there is nothing as nice as coming home. Perfect for Halloween.

About the Author/Illustrator
Headshot of Una Woods
Úna Woods is an illustrator and author who lives in Dublin. She loves making illustrations for children, and her work has been published in books, magazines and websites. She loves working with bright colours and patterns in her illustrations. She grew up in Clontarf, very close to where Bram Stoker was born.
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Book Cover: A Spooktacular Place to Be
Publication Date
October 2021