The Vanishing Lake


A captivating tale that celebrates a young girl’s determination, a granddad’s wisdom, and the fantastical wonders of the natural world.

★ Gold Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2021.
★ Selected for the annual Best Children’s Books In China list 2020.

Age Range: 4-8 years

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Based on a real lake close to the author’s hometown in Ireland, this book beautifully blends imagination with the magic of the natural world.
Something mysterious is happening at Lake Loughareema. There are days the lake is beautiful, shimmering, and full. And then there are other days when it’s . . . empty!
Meara asks her granddad WHY the water disappears, but every time he blames far-fetched culprits: Narwals! Mermaids! Giants! Unsatisfied, Meara sets out to uncover the truth for herself. Little does she know the answer is much larger than she realizes, and it’ll take stepping back and opening her eyes to the impossible to discover the lake’s magic.

About the Author

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish author & illustrator living in Belgium. He grew up on the north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures and shape-shifting animals – all set in a stunning landscape from another time. All of this prompted his love for nature, animals, the sea and storytelling.
He creates his illustrations digitally, but loves working with a textured, painterly approach. The Vanishing Lake is his debut author illustrated picture book, based on a real lake close to his childhood home in Ireland.

He wishes Pluto was still a planet.

Additional information

  • Publisher: ‎ Yeehoo Press (April 20, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Hardcover: ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN: 9781953458032
  • Item Weight: ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎ 8.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches


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