A Dublin Fairytale

Nicola Colton / Children's

Book cover

UK Publisher

O'Brien Press (World)

Date Published

September 17th, 2015

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin.

One morning Fiona’s mother said to her “Your granny is sick and needs some ingredients to make her special ‘witches brew.’ It will make her feel better. You will need to go to the witches market on ‘Moore street’ to pick them up and then take them to Granny’s house.”

But Dublin is full of colourful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks!

Fiona’s journey is not as simple as it sounds, as she encounters snakes, trolls, a wolf and many other unusual denizens of the city.

With beautiful quirky illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Colton.


In this charming story, Fiona (dressed in her red coat) encounters snakes, trolls, a wolf and many other unusual inhabitants of the city - who knew Dublin was home to all these? Look closely at the illustrations and you will meet hosts of familiar characters in this lovely and unusual story.

- Parents In Touch

With its simple but quirky illustrations, this year’s treat for young Dubliners is, unquestionably, illustrator Nicola Colton’s first picture book, A Dublin Fairytale.

- Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

A playful and colourful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Irish style.

- Sarah Webb, Irish Independent - Children's Books of the Year

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