Shawn O'Hisser, the Last Snake in Ireland

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In this fast-paced new twist on an old tale, whimsical snake Shawn O'Hisser returns to his native Ireland from a visit to England and Wales to find that all of his snake friends have vanished, as has all the leprechauns' gold.
Shawn works to solve the mystery, using his wits to avoid being eaten by other inhabitants of the Emerald Isle. Things look pretty hopeless, until Shawn is befriended by Edmund, the natterjack toad, and Kathleen, the orange mouse. Together, they set out ...
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Overview

In this fast-paced new twist on an old tale, whimsical snake Shawn O'Hisser returns to his native Ireland from a visit to England and Wales to find that all of his snake friends have vanished, as has all the leprechauns' gold.
Shawn works to solve the mystery, using his wits to avoid being eaten by other inhabitants of the Emerald Isle. Things look pretty hopeless, until Shawn is befriended by Edmund, the natterjack toad, and Kathleen, the orange mouse. Together, they set out to right a wrong, but will they solve the mystery in time? Will they find the leprechauns' gold, or did Dobherchu the Giant Otter take it? What did the monk named Patrick have to do with all those snakes disappearing? Laugh your way along the trail of the disappearing snakes to find the answers to these and other mysteries of the last snake in Ireland.

Praise for Peter Welling's first book,
Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow:

"Full of visual and literal humor."
--School Library Journal

"[Peter Welling] is a talented and humorous author and illustrator."
--The Punxsutawney Spirit

"Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended addition to any personal, school, or community library picture book collection for young readers."
--Children's Bookwatch

Peter J. Welling is a writer and illustrator from Indianapolis. He has had several "moral stories" published and is the art director for Futures magazine. In his spare time, this father of four sons and grandfather of three volunteers at his youngest son's school, where he won the "Parent Volunteer of the Year Award" twice. He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. His illustrations have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the recipient of the Publisher's Choice Award for Exemplary Non-Fiction. To learn more about Peter Welling, visit his Web site at www.peterjwelling.com

Because the leprechauns believe that the snakes stole their gold, they force them to slither onto boats departing Ireland, leaving Shawn O'Hisser as the only snake left in the whole country.

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Editorial Reviews

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This story is very loosely based on the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. Shawn O'Hisser is a snake who was visiting England and Whales (yes, not Wales) when the other snakes were driven out in a scheme involving Leprechauns. and a toad. To fully comprehend this part of the story, it is necessary to read through the book more than once. While the plot is aimless and some characters and scenes seem to be excuses only to make a joke, some of the tongue-in-cheek humor will be enjoyed by children as well as the cartoon-like illustrations. On every page, one of the animals in the illustration is saying a Gaelic word that relates to the scene. There is a glossary at the end with the meanings of all these words. 2002, Pelican Publishing,
— Carey Ahr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800144
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    A Delightful Treat No Matter What Your Age

    So, you think St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland? Guess again. If you want the WHOLE story, pick up a copy of SHAWN O'HISSER and prepare to have fun. In the style and spirit of Dr. Seuss, Peter Welling has written and illustrated a delightful tale that will enthrall and entertain you whether you're three, thirty-three or ninety-three. With tongue firmly in cheek, Mr. Welling sends his serpentine hero on a quest to discover the whereabouts of his kin that leads him to discover all sorts of people he never knew. And you can even polish your Gaelic as you go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    A creative twist on an old Irish tale. Loved it!

    This book was a refreshing change, and a great read for those of us with an Irish decent. For passing on our heritage to our children, I feel this is a great starting point. Children from all walks of life will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Mr. Welling has somehow topped his first book!

    I am glad I contacted him via his website and inquired to his next book release. It was well worth the wait, and an excellent sophomore effort! The glossary is complex enough to keep an adults tongue twisted, and yet the actual text of the book is easy to read, understand, and most importantly ; keep kids interested. I plan to buy more copies as gifts as birthdays approach, and already look forward to Mr Welling's next release. If you liked the way the story and illustrations worked so well together in 'Andrew McGroundhog and his Shady Shadow', You will not be dissappointed in Shawn O'Hisser. If you haven't read 'Andrew McGroundhog' yet, Be sure to buy it along with this title.

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