Books by Niamh Sharkey

I’M A HAPPY HUGGLEWUG by Niamh Sharkey
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Teletubbies on Red Bull. (2-3)"
The titular critter—a plump, vaguely draconic monster with jester-hat horns and a very few pointy teeth in its smiling mouth—opens with its "Hugglewug Song," introduces readers to its family and friends and, like a relentlessly cheery drill-sergeant, leads them through a variety of exercises from counting to I Spy. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by Max Eilenberg
adapted by Max Eilenberg, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"However, the superfluity of shimmering pink hearts in the design skews this version toward the saccharine. (Picture book/fairy tale. 3-7)"
A swirling surfeit of pink, purple and gold is draped around this crisp retelling of the traditional tale, as Cinderella attends three balls with her handsome prince before her glass slipper falls. Read full book review >
THE RAVENOUS BEAST by Niamh Sharkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Be sure to have plenty of snacks on hand for afterward. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The teal-and-orange "Beast" is reassuringly comic rather than scary in this brightly illustrated tale of one-upmanship. Read full book review >
TALES FROM OLD IRELAND by Malachy Doyle
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An engagingly readable, and tellable, sampler drawn from a deep and still-vital storytelling tradition. (Folktales. 10-13)"
Seven briskly retold traditional tales are illustrated with dot-eyed, appealingly ingenuous figures from the illustrator of Tolstoy's Gigantic Turnip (1999). Read full book review >
TALES OF WISDOM AND WONDER by Hugh Lupton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

"Sharkey's style is as odd and eccentric, at times, as Yumi Heo's, but also falls to more traditional forms for architectural details that help convey each story's setting. (sources) (Folklore. 6-12)"
A fresh and unusual collection of folktales, tied together by the rhythm of the storyteller's voice: This is Lupton's first book for children, but the oral origins of these stories from many cultures are evident in the pacing. Read full book review >