The Vanishing Lake by Paddy Donnelly

The Vanishing Lake by Paddy Donnelly. Yeehoo Press, 2021. 9781953458032

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover 

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? What a fun, fantastical and almost mythical story of Meara and the Vanishing Lake. Every once in a while the lake near Granddad’s house goes dry and nobody seems to know why or how. Granddad has tons of theories: mermaids pulling the plugs, narwhals poking holes in the bottom, or sheep’s wool absorbing all the water when they went swimming. Meara poo-poos all of Granddad’s stories and goes on a search of her own. Finally, the last of Granddad’s stories makes sense and as Maera witnesses it herself, she is satisfied with the conclusion. Read this fun story yourself for an unexpected ending and a small dip into Irish mythology and geology. Make sure you watch the fantastic illustrations for some hints about the ending. End notes provide a reality check into an actual “disappearing” lake near the author’s boyhood home.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nope

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would give this book to the younger set (preschool through first grade), along with some great old Irish folktales. Kids who like detective work will love finding the truth in the ending via the clues in the illustrations.

Who should buy this book? Preschool, PreK, K and First Grade

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but it is fun

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA.

Date of review: October 1, 2021

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