Country: Ireland

Title: Balor

Language: Gaeilge (Irish)

Bibliographic Information: Whitson, A. Balor. Belfast: Aw tSnathaid Mhor, 2008

ISBN: 978-0955227110                       

An epic tale of conflict between good and evil from Ireland’s mythical history. The book features a compellingly-told story and superb artwork from Andrew Whitson.


Reason for choosing the book:
Balor is a dramatic version of an old Irish legend. It is vividly brought to life in Whiston’s illustrations that capture the turmoil of battle and life in mythological Ireland. It has strong appeal for children who will enjoy the detail in the pictures as well as the drama. Children from different countries will empathise with a story that has common themes across many countries and cultures.


Links to relevant sites:
Organisation for the promotion of Irish children’s books
Information about the Irish legend of Balor