Mootsy and the AWFULLY big bite!


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This heart-warming picturebook, which tells the story of the AWFUL day when seven-year old Aoife’s gerbil bites her finger and will NOT let go, is a hilarious story.

What is Aoife to do? Everyone has a suggestion but the ONE thing that does work will be as much of a surprise to YOU as it was to Aoife!

Written by Dr. Lindsay Myers (NUI Galway) and illustrated by her daughter Tara Canniffe (8), ‘Mootsy and the Awfully Big Bite’ began as a mother/daughter lockdown project in March 2020 to bring some creativity into a dull and lonely Spring. After hearing about the financial challenges with which local animal charities were struggling during the COVID crisis the duo decided to publish their book so that they could donate all of the profits to the GSPCA.

Suitable for children aged between 2 and 8, ‘Mootsy and the AWFULLY big bite’ is a fantastic example of how even the youngest members of society can make a BIG difference to the lives of animals in need, and children stuck at home because of school closures will be excited to hear that the website not only includes a 30 minute video on the picturebook-making process but a 15 minute drawing tutorial by Tara, herself, on how to draw Aoife and Mootsy.

We would like to say a big thank you to Lindsay and Tara for their kindness ?