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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Pugnax and the Princess by Dan Kissane
Published by The O’Brien Press, 2001
ISBN 0-86278-750-5


Contrary to what you might believe, The King of Wisdom was not the wisest man in the world. To enhance his wisdom he must get his hands on The Book of Riddles which unfortunately is the property of the ugly and deceitful Prince Pugnax of Porzana. Pugnax will only hand over the Book of Riddles in exchange for the King’s daughter’s hand in marriage.

Pugnax and the Princess by Dan Kissane

This is where Agamemnon O’Sullivan an unremarkable but lucky fellow with a quick wit, and kind nature comes in. Agamemnon leaves his home to seek his fortune and ends up rescuing the princess.

This is an exciting story full of magic and fantasy, for children who can read confidently alone.

Previously published as The King of Wisdom’s Daughter, Pugnax and the Princess combines the best in old Irish fairytale with modern writing for children. It is a Red Flag Reader from Irish Publishers, O’Brien Press specifically aimed at readers aged eight plus.

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