Roscommon based children’s author, Gerry Boland, is launching the latest instalment of his fantastic Marco series at The Reading Room bookshop in Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday, December 1 at 11.30am. The third book in this high successful series about Marco the grizzly bear and his adventures is entitled ‘Marco Moonwalker’.
The first book of the series ‘Marco Moves In’, was nominated for an Irish Book Award in 2011. It was followed by ‘Marco, Master of Disguise’. The books are a hilarious mix of energy and imagination with a world of fun and adventure led by the very talented Marco.
The gorgeous illustrations throughout the book are by Áine McGuinness. She studied animation at the National Film School of Ireland where she graduated with a degree in 2007. She worked as an animator until 2010 before beginning a career as a professional illustrator. This is the third Marco book she has illustrated.
Marco Moonwalker details Marco’s life after escaping from the zoo and coming to live with Patrick and his mum. Marco proves to have many talents. Now Patrick discovers that Marco is also a musical genius – he can play the trombone, banjo and even dance like Michael Jackson! ‘Let’s start a band’, Patrick says, and Marco becomes a star! Then disaster strikes. He is spotted without his mask and taken back to the zoo. How will Patrick and Mum get him out again?
The book has already attracted critical acclaim with Recommended Reads 2012 describing it as ‘fast paced and full of fun’ and the Irish Examiner praising it as ‘an imaginative funny read’.
Gerry Boland will be doing a reading from Marco Moonwalker plus the other Marco books on Saturday at The Reading Room. His books are suitable for children aged 6 years and over, but all are welcome to attend this fun afternoon.