An exquisitely crafted book of short stories and rhyming verse tailored to kids and adult children alike, “Magical Bedtime Stories” serves as a whimsical literary lullaby for the dreamer to-be.
These short stories and poems by Píaras Ó Cíonnaoíth are an enjoyable and entertaining collection that will bring a smile to the faces of readers. The stories are fascinating and imaginative, and each one entertains and conveys insightful and thoughtful messages.
Through lulling rhymes, melodious stanzas, and pleasant themes, the reader or listener is gently catapulted across the stars into lady moon’s soothing embrace until they are sound asleep.
With this wonderful collection by your or your child’s bedside, sweet dreams will become a nightly reality and the word “bedtime” will inevitably bring anticipation.
Grady Harp |Top Contributor: Children’s Books |HALL OF FAME |TOP 100 REVIEWER
‘One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.’ ~ Sam Levenson
Irish author and poet Píaras Ó Cíonnaoíth earned a Higher Diploma in General Counseling Skills, a diploma in Psychology, Mental Health and Mental Illness, and Mental Health Studies – Suicide, Violent Behavior, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention training. He also writes books for both children and adults. His positive and creative thinking, and his belief in the human spirit, make his books for children pleasant, interesting and exciting. His books for teenagers and adults gives way to more serious thought on issues such as gender identity, counseling and emotional healing.
Píaras’ Irish heritage places him in good company for fine authors – John Banville, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Anne Enright, James Joyce, John McGahern, Flann O’Brien, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde among them. There is something magical about the Irish gift of weaving yarns and Píaras certainly has that.
As he states in his Introduction – ‘The art of storytelling is a subject we learn from a very young age, and provides us with a better knowledge of literature, rhyme scheming, reading skills, and writing skills as well. A child’s imagination is something that seems to fade away as we age, but this book I hope will keep that fire alive!
Storytelling is an enduring and timeless human tradition. Prior to the written word, people would memorize detailed stories full of morals that have shaped our cultures for generations. We are simply wired for communicating through, and learning from stories. This book came about from persistent urges of my family and friends. They did not want me to keep the stories all to myself. “Why have all the fun?” they teased. And they were right. Storytelling is fun!
This collection of children’s short stories spans over a forty year period. I remembered some of the stories and poems I wrote as a youngster and I thought I’d share them here with you now. They may not be ‘classics’ by no means, but I hope you and your family will have fun reading them.’
The stories may not be ‘Classics’ but they are so rich in flavor that they are utterly irresistible for the entire family. The stories allow the reader entry with their titles – Coco’s Adventures, Finding Snuffy a Home, The Start of a Frendship, Judging a Book by its Cover, and Thee’s a Ghost in my Backyard. After the stories we are treated to ten brief but sensitive poems. This little book is akin to the famous ‘box of chocolates’ – they keep us all young – and jolly! Grady Harp, March 18.
Robin Leigh Morgan |Top Contributor: True Crime Books |TOP 1000 REVIEWER
CONSISTENCY IS WHERE IT’S AT
Having read/reviewed another book by this author [Peace Night Poetry], my inner-child wanted to read something else written by him.
Like I wrote in that review:
“I don’t what it is about children and reading books which happen to rhyme but books which do happen to be quite enticing to its young readers…”
In this outing the author has once again succeeded in giving his readers, both young and old, an inviting, beautifully constructed collection of short stories and stories in rhyme. “Magical Bedtime Stories” functions as a fanciful storybook for any visionary who’s about to go to bed. The items contained in this book are also once again quite imaginatively charming while containing shrewdly thoughtful messages for all of its readers to sleep on.
For his consistency in what this author is offering his readers, I’m giving him 5 STARS.