Finn's First Song front cover

Finn's First Song

Squeeeak ... Thwop ... Thwop ... Dwoooooerrrp!

Dad sings his magical whale songs to Mum and baby Finn,
far, far away across the huge ocean.

When Finn gets lost, can the other sea creatures help him
to send a message of his own?

This is the first book that I have written and also illustrated.

Published in Ireland by O'Brien Press, and available through Boulder Books in Canada/US.

Finn's First Song, Finn and Mum are at the start of their journey and hearing Dad's whale song
Finn's First Song, Finn and Mum are sleeping under the moon and stars
Finn's First Song, Finn and Mum try to swim away from noisy ships
Finn's First Song, Finn tries to have colour like the squids and lights like the crystal jellyfish
Finn's First Song, Finn sings his whale song as long and as loud as he can
Finn's First Song, back endpaper. Some Humpback whale facts.
Finn's First Song back cover

Activity sheets are available to download here.

You can draw along with step by step drawing videos here.

I read some of 'Finn's First Song' and give a peek behind the scenes of the book here.

You can read more about the making of the book in this blogpost for The O'Brien Press, and in this one for Dubray books.

Upcoming visits to bookshops, schools, libraries and festivals will be listed on my events page.

“The gentle, episodic story and bold illustrations bring a distinct personality to the seabed while introducing young readers to memorable facts about how sea creatures communicate ... Be warned, however: it is the wonderful whoop and whirring whale song that young readers will want to imitate.”

The Irish Times

“Finn’s First Song will captivate young readers ... Packed full of bright, charming illustrations of friendly sea creatures and fascinating whale facts, this book is an uplifting story that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.”

RTE jr

“It’s so much fun to read out loud … can make it really interactive … every page is beautifully illustrated, it’s all filled with a vast array of sea animals, there’s a very subtle environmental message.”

RTE Radio 1’s The Ray D’Arcy show Louisa, Raven Books

“A real treat ... Young readers will relate to Finn and will want to read more of his ocean adventures.”

Children's Books Ireland

“The vivid illustrations pull the reader in to Finn’s ocean home from the get-go, and the text is paced well to allow children to enjoy the underwater scenes as they travel with Finn on his journey to Ireland. Daly cleverly weaves big themes into this story, as Finn learns to find his own voice. While Daly’s story is not focused on the impact humans have on the environment, elements of the story and its illustrations touch on this theme.”

Children's Books Ireland

“A gorgeous book for readers up to the age of seven ... Beautifully imagined, it will give your little ones a new appreciation of the magic of the sea.”

An Post

“Lovely book … by author and illustrator Gerry Daly, who brought us the hugely popular Where Are You, Puffling?...Young readers learn all about how sea creatures communicate in a fun story full of interesting facts. Good for discussions about the importance of looking after our seas too.”

Sunday Independent

“This would be a great one for reading aloud ... Expect magical whale songs (make your own sound effects) and underwater family drama.”

Irish Independent

“The rich, bright colours offer an enchanting view of the ocean that is animated, but has an amazing attention to detail. The entire cast of charming characters are imaginative, heart-warming and completely engaging, making this lovely new animal adventure book a real winner. Perfect for home or classroom. Read it! Share it! It’s just wonderful!”

Fallen Star Stories

“A gorgeous new picture book adventure with charming underwater scenes and beautiful characters”

Primary Times

“The story tells you about different types of fish and what makes each one different ... I really liked all of the different pictures through the book. I give this book 10 out 10 and my little sister Kate really liked it too.

Grace (10) Seomra Ranga

“Finn summons all his power to let out a sound sequence rarely if ever seen in print. "Thwop! Thwop! whoop, whoop, whoop, Dwooooooerp!" goes his first whale song - and if that doesn't inspire some expressive sound effects from the adults reading this book aloud to children, then nothing ever will.”

The Echo

“Bold and colourful, this is an underwater adventure that will warm the cockles... Absolutely delightful and the illustrations are gorgeous.”

Tales Before Bedtime

'Finn's First Song' was featured on RTE's Home School Hub for English reading class with Múinteoir Ray.

Finn's First Song on RTE's Home School Hub pic 1
Finn's First Song on RTE's Home School Hub pic 2
Finn swims left to right animation
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