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Out now!

Where Are You, Puffling?

A curious little puffling lives on Skellig Michael.

But her puffin parents can't find her in their burrow.

Where could she be?

Luckily, all the Skellig animals and birds are there to help.

This wonderful story has been retold by Erika McGann from a story my uncle Sean wrote after a trip to Skellig Michael.

I've illustrated it with gouache paints, pencil and pastels. It's published by O'Brien Press.

Where are you Puffling cover
Where Are You Puffling? scene where the whales rise high up with the boat carrying puffling
Where Are You Puffling? spread of the Skellig islands and many flying gannets
Where Are You Puffling? scene with kittiwake chick chirping at rabbit and gannet in the sky
Where Are You Puffling? underwater scene with a gannet, dolphin, whales and more sea life
Where Are You Puffling? scene where the boat with puffling is returned by whales back to Skellig Michael
Where Are You Puffling? Life on the Skelligs Islands endpapers
Where are you Puffling cover

Colouring in PDFs are available to download here.

You can read more here about the story behind 'Where Are You, Puffling?' including some early layouts and character studies.

Upcoming events are listed here.

And just below, you can see me talking more about how the book came about. Thank you to the Greystones Guide.

“Gerry Daly’s magnificent illustrations combined with Erika McGann’s engaging text as well as a detailed list of the island creatures is a pure treat for young readers...One to read again and again!”

RTE jr

“Beautiful illustrations”

Woman's Way

“A delightful picturebook... combines a heartwarming story with a timely message to look after our wildlife... Beautifully illustrated and sure to become a favourite with young readers.”

Irish Daily Mail

“a charming tale... children will enjoy finding the tiny puffling on each page and the back endpapers show the names of each of the animals illustrated... a nice touch.”

Irish Independent

“Daly's pictures animate island life with expressive portraits of its inhabitants, not least of all fuzzy, downy Puffling herself, with her curious, direct gaze.”

Irish Times

“A delightful Irish animal adventure and heart-warming debut picture book.”

Primary Times

“wonderful …sure to delight younger readers … there’s great fun to be had on finding where the Puffling has hidden on each page and the phrase ‘Where Are You Puffling?’ just begs to be shouted out when reading it at bedtime. This will be one kids return to again and again for the sheer enjoyment of the adventure.”

Clare People

“The drawings are remarkable...a beautifully illustrated book.”

East Coast FM

“The scenery of Skellig Michael is excellently realised in Gerry Daly's illustrations and the whole complemented by a double spread identifying the wildlife featured in the story.”

Irish Examiner

“One from the heart”

Greystones Guide

“..a stunning book that will definitely bring out your little ones’ adventurous side.”

Irish Country Magazine

“...a delightful and heartwarming debut picture book”

Mallow Star

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is young at heart, has a love of wildlife and enjoys stories that include good morals. 10/10"

Alex (10) Seomra Ranga

“Charmingly illustrated by Gerry Daly ... This is a lovely story about friendship and helping each other.”

Parents In Touch

“...this lively tale takes us on a trek across Skellig Michael with a real sense of fun and adventure that will delight and entertain... The illustrations and story work hand-in-hand to create a vivid tale you'll want to read over and over. Inspiring curiosity; it is completely charming, funny and...be careful; you may even learn a few things.”

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