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Fionn the Cool by Aislinn O’Loughlin
Published by Wolfhound Press, 1998
ISBN 0-86327-669-5
Illustrations © Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, 1998

Fionn the Cool is an amusing and clever send-up of the ancient Irish story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Other books by Aislinn O’Loughlin written in the same vein include Cinderella’s Fella, Shak and the Beanstalk, A Right Royal Pain and The Emperor’s Birthday Suit.

Fionn the Cool by Aislinn O’Loughlin

The settings of the first two chapters of Fionn the Cool couldn’t be more different. The reader is transported from Celtic times to O’Connell Street, Dublin in 1998, and so too are two teenage boys coincidentally named Fionn and Diarmuid. They progress from referring to cars as “big, metal, chariotty thingys,” to wearing jeans and T-shirts in an effort to act like Irish teenagers of the 20th century.

This is an excellent time-travel story with lots of humour that will appeal to readers of eight and up, from an author whose books have been described as “….bright, sharp and full of fun” by the Irish Times and “devilishly clever stuff” by the RTE Guide.

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