The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be launched at 6 pm on Thursday, November 5, at Roscommon County Library on Abbey Street, Roscommon Town.
Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. One fateful day, a message from on high, delivered in the form of a ‘bolt from the blue’, gives him his calling in life. He sets out on a mission to go where creatures are in need, to protect the Earth and ensure its conservation and re-birth.
A children’s fable, told in verse and beautifully illustrated by Karolina Smorczewska, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is as wonderfully whimsical as the title suggests, yet underlined by a serious ecological message. It is a story that skilfully combines themes of folklore, mythology, globe-trotting action and adventure.
It will be appreciated and enjoyed by children of all ages (and even a few adults) but is particularly recommended for reading ages of seven-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, along with maps and charts that allow the reader to follow Ferdinand’s progress.
A retired primary school teacher and native of Roscommon, currently living in Elphin, Rose Morris has previously gained recognition for her literary output at local festivals, competitions and events. Her short story, The Wall, was a popular choice as overall winner at the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards. Her prize, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, was to see her book published in print and e-book editions.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first publishing outing but will bring to wider public attention, the work of a talented author with an exciting and diverse range.
Signed copies of The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox will be on sale at the launch today at Roscommon County Library. The book will be on general sale thereafter – RRP €9.99.
It is currently available to pre-order from The Manuscript Publisher with an e-book edition coming soon.