Eileen Moynihan’s Books
‘I recently purchased a set of Eileens books for my great grandchildren and I must say they were enchanted with them and spoke very highly of them , Thank you Eileen.’ – Mike Ward
‘Educational, imaginative. They draw children in by their easy flow and beautiful descriptions . Truly lovely stories. Well done Eileen.’ – Sally Martin,
‘Engaging and Imaginative books that inspire children to play.’ – Ann Gerety Smyth.
‘Eileen has written some of my children’s favorite books! The Reckolahesperus, Rory Gumboots as well as Hattie and Hattie and Jacques: Love London are all fun and engaging books. Emmaline, my youngest, loves Hattie and Jacques.’ – Beth Lecroy
Frances Darwin Investigates
'This was such a great read for my twelve year old son. The characters, plots how the pieces of puzzle came together for Frances investigation and nabbing the dognappers! ' Lilly Ok
'This is a charming little book. It is perfect for the older grade school age to read on their own. This could also be enjoyed by those younger who have someone to read it to them. Its about a 10 yr old little girl who dreams of becoming a detective someday. She is able to practice and begin developing her skills immediately as a mysterious event taking place in her town is happening. Helped by her grandma and a few other adults, she and some friends are out to solve it. They follow one clue and continue on until they are certain they know the culprits of the crime. This book is a great read that could be read all in one day or in chapters every night before bed. At the end, all of their hard work is acknowledged and celebrated. I love the ending for the grandma as well . Very well written. Cute story. So glad I have discovered this author. I am going to be reading this book with my grandchildren upon their next visit.' - Catie Cat
'When I was the same age as Eileen Moynihan’s title character in “Francis Darwin Investigates,” I couldn’t imagine a better career for myself than being a plucky girl detective and solving mysteries which baffled the police. Much of this was inspired by Nancy Drew mysteries. Not only did I save my allowance every week to go buy the latest book but I would stay up and read under the covers long past my bedtime with my Girl Scout penlight. (Which may account for why I have bad eyesight as an adult.)
In my ongoing quest to supply my two young nieces (both voracious readers) with new books to feed their hungry minds, I knew that “Francis Darwin Investigates” would be a smart purchase for both of them. Like their auntie, both girls are dog lovers, enjoying making new friends and puzzling things out. Ms. Moynihan’s latest book charmingly clicks on all of these cylinders. Additionally, it works as a story which can be read aloud to younger children or one that can be devoured a-chapter-a-night by 8-11 year olds. In the case of my nieces, they raced through it in a single evening and made judicious note of the clues being unwrapped by Francis and her friends as they work together to reunite the dognapped pups with their owners.
It’s more than a mystery, though. It’s a sweet story about how friendships are sparked, are nurtured and are likely to be sustained in coming years because of the characters’ fondness for one another. I don’t know whether the author has plans to turn Francis into a series but the potential is definitely there. At a well-paced 50 pages, it’s an approachable length that brings a smile and happily celebrates the bond we have with our four-footed companions.' - Christina Hamlett
"Frances Darwin Investigates" is a very delightful and interesting book. It follows the adventures of a ten year old little girl named Frances who wants to be a detective when she grows up. One day she comes across a bit of mysterious torn paper on the ground. Frances and her friends continue to follow one clue after another until they discover the real culprits and reunite the lost puppies with their owners. It is a great read that will certainly appeal to all dog lovers and children of all ages. I highly recommend this wonderful book. - Bunty Goswami
'It was that good that I didn't want it to end. So I stopped in the middle and went back to the beginning.' Karl Adams (11 years old)
‘A story about dreams is a good topic for children. Bad dreams are a common childhood fear. In this book the author gently explains how dreams work and weaves an entertaining story around this educational topic. The story would definitely appeal to parents and children. I enjoyed the bright and colorful illustrations as well. A visually and intellectually appealing book for children.’ – Adele Smith
I loved how the subject of dreams was brought up in this book with colorful illustrations. It is essential to bring up the issue of dreams to children to help them understand good and bad dreams. - Allistar Banks
This is a great way to explain dreams to children. Their little minds are so full of curiosity and imagination. I think the name, The Dreamsmith is perfect for this story and enjoyed the illustrations. I did notice a few formatting issues with the text regarding line spacing. Overall, I think this would be a wonderful bedtime story to read with your child. - Lazann
A very cute book for kiddies, and a super imaginative idea for explaining to children how their dreams are made. - Author Mary
Hattie and Jacques Love London
‘Really happy with my purchase! Thank you’ – Debra Stewart
‘Lovely story, excellent artwork!’ – Mameyole
‘Un bon livre a lire! Very entertaining story of entente cordiale between mice in Londres> What will they get up to next? J’attends l’aventure prochaine!! Alles ma soeur!’ – John Corkery
‘Love this book, arrived super fast time, beautifully written and superb illustrations, look forward to reading it with the grandchildren.’ – Aideen Higgins
‘Lovely illustrations and charming story.’ – Gill Denness
‘Really happy with my purchase! Thank you.’ – Debra Stewart
‘Sam is in his den and Mum calls him in for some food. After playing outside, he is quite scruffy and Mum describes him as looking like the ‘wreck of the Hesperus’. Sam thinks that Reckolahesperus sounds like the name of a dinosaur. That night in bed the real dinosaur appears and brings Sam out for fun and games. When he gets back to bed, Mum calls him as it’s time to get up. Was it a dream or did it really happen? You’ll have to read the book to find out.’ – Celia Carlisle
‘Very imaginative. I have a new understanding of the Wreck of the Hesperus! I thought that was what our mother thought of our appearances as children – a mess like the wrecked boat. My sister has given this pharse a new twist. A great read with excellent illustrations.’ – John Corkery
‘My grandchild got ‘The Reckolahesperus’ for Christmas. She enjoys listening to the story every night before she goes asleep. Again, as in ‘Rory Gumboots’ also written by Eileen Moynihan, the illustrations and bright and clear, ideal for little pre-readers.’ – Donie
‘Love this story, illustrations beautiful also.’ – Aideen Higgins
‘A wonderful children’s story written in such a way that it captures the imagination. My children and the whole of Year 1 enjoyed it immensely!’ – Dayna
‘Really happy with my purchase! Thank you.’ – Debra Stewart
‘This tale of good against evil marries a modern environmental concern with an old fashioned style of children’s book. Resulting in the best of both worlds .
The size of the book together with the delightful , very colourful and detailed illustrations make it ideal to read to a group of children .
A very enjoyable story which also includes a botany lesson .
Hints about other stories have made me curious about how Rory got his gumboots and how the unlikely alliance of the conniving fox and the hare came about.’ – Lyndl Nanos
‘This is a lovely story about the threat to the woodland creature’s habitat from men with machines. It is nicely written and moves along at an engaging pace. There are interesting characters like the two baddies, Fernando Fox and Horace Hare, plotting mischief and Professor Puffanwheeze who manages to save the day.’ – Celia Carlisle
‘Very atmospheric language, brought to life with excellent illustrations. A marked improvement on the first version – Danger in Noddinghead Wood. Can’t wait to find out about Rory’s other adventures. Get writing Eileen!’ – John Corkery
‘A heroic hedgehog that goes about in a pair of red gumboots. A mouse called Maisie and a badger called Badger. A sleepy owl called Oswald and a rabbit called Roberta. A tricky fox called Fernando and a professor called Puffanwheeze. Full of colour and great sounding words, this book is a visual treat for kids.’ – Alan McMonagle
‘A lovely book with beautiful illustrations.’ – A Reader
‘This is my daughter’s favourite book to read to her cuddly toys at night time. I think she likes the big pages and illustrations. It’s the sort of story I would have liked as a child, classic and engaging.’ – Jennifer Barrett
‘My grandchild loves to listen to the story of Rory Gumboots every time she comes to visit. She enjoys looking at the bright and colourful pictures.’ – Donie