Sunday, 25 June 2017

Children's Books Ireland review Dad's Red Dress... and LOVE it!

Children's Books Ireland just published its review of Dad's Red Dress in Inís Magazine and it's wonderful. Feeling ridiculously happy right now, the glow hasn't worn off yet...

So, sorry, but I'm sharing it cos I love this book and it has been a long time in the making:

"Jessie Keane just wants her family to be normal… utterly, completely normal. Having moved from L.A. back to Ireland, normality would offer a chance to avoid the ‘looks’, the rumours and the bullying that she has dealt with in the past. But ‘normal’ is hardly possible. Not with a little sister who claims to have been abducted by the Virgin Mary (twice), a wildly contemporary artist stepmother and a creative architect father with a penchant for cross-dressing. As she tries to balance this eccentric, yet loving family, and what she hopes will be an ordinary school life, Jessie is put to the test when a new development shakes the façade she is working so hard to craft. She must stop this! Or so she thinks…
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When I picked up Dad’s Red Dress, I expected a book that was quirky, entertaining and funny. What I did not expect was a novel that spoke to the heart of what it means to grow up. Filled with vivid, genuine characters and complex, conflicting family drama, it is joyous, loving and truly unique among the vast canon of coming-of-age stories. Each character is intricately drawn. Difficult subject matter is handled with great sensitivity. The dialogue is realistic and relatable for any young person. And while the situation may be unusual, the emotional impact is not. It gives the reader much to consider about life, friendship, who we really are and what makes a family. Dad’s Red Dress is indeed humourous; a delight to read. Simply wonderful."
In Charlie's Bookshop, Galway
Review by Mary Esther Judy in Inís Mag for CBI.

Dad's Red Dress is available from Amazon, Charlie's Bookshop in Galway, Maynooth Bookshop, Co. Kildare and via Paypal by contacting

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