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A special Christmas treat for young readers at Clonmel Library last week

Finding Pip by local author Carey-Ann Lordan

The Clonmel Library Children's Book Club had their final gathering before Christmas on Monday last and all present enjoyed a very special surprise when local author Carey-Ann Lordan visited the club to meet the young members and their parents. During her visit, Carey-Ann read an extract from her first children's book ‘Finding Pip' for all present which went down a treat with the young readers and she kindly answered lots of questions about reading and writing, how her book was published in the UK and plans for the new year. Finding Pip is available at all County Tipperary Libraries and it is also on sale in The Bookmarket in Clonmel, The Bookworm in Thurles and also online at

Finding Pip is a heart-warming tale for all the family. A well-written tale about a sheltered house dog called Pip who decides he needs to find out who and what he really is. This path of self-discovery involves an epic adventure from home through the garden, across acres of fields to a nearby farmyard, before hitching a ride to the beach and dining in town with a rap star sharing a delicious yet eventful supper. Along the way, Pip meets some very special new friends and has a not so pretty encounter with a pack of hungry alley cats before he takes refuge at the local shelter for animals.

This story demonstrates some of Ireland's best-known animals in their natural habitat and is portrayed through the eyes of a kind-hearted philosophical little house dog with whom all children can identify with easily. Finding Pip is suitable for 5-8 year olds, younger readers would enjoy it as a bedtime story read to them and older children can read it alone, either way, it's a keeper and one parents will enjoy too!