Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Marie-Louise was born in 1962 in Dublin where she studied Illustration. Her first three books were published in Ireland where they gained considerable recognition winning two Bisto Merit Awards (for best children’s book) and Bisto Book of the Decade, two Reading Association of Ireland Awards and an IBBY Honour.

Although having lived in Dublin most of her life Marie-Louise is a compulsive traveller having spent two months roughing it in Australia and working as a writer in residence in the States. Whilst working in the US she met fellow illustrator Michael Emberley. They married and now live in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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IZZY AND THE SKUNK - Gullane (Bisto Book of the year 2001), (A Schools and Libraries Book of the Year 2000-US)

I'M A TIGER TOO! - Gullane (Shortlisted for Bisto, 2002). (A Schools and Libraries Book of the Year 2000-US)

YOU, ME AND THE BIG BLUE SEA - Gullane (Bisto Book of the Year 2003)


JASMINE'S LION by Angela McAllister - Doubleday

SILLY MUMMY, SILLY DADDY - Frances Lincoln (Shortlisted for 2007 Irish Book Awards)

SILLY SCHOOL - Frances Lincoln

SILLY BABY - Frances Lincoln

I AM I - Roaring Brook US

THERE - Roaring Brook US (Shortlisted for Bisto Award 2010)

THE NEW KID - Hodder

Fiction for 10+ All Orion Children's Books - TIMECATCHER, DARK WARNING and HAGWITCH (winner of the CBI Book of the Year Award and the Honour Award for 2014)

OWL BAT BAT OWL - Walker Books

"A beautiful and heart-warming wordless picture book that shouts loudly about the gift of family, friendship and not judging a book by it’s cover. While there is no text to ‘read’ the story is brilliant expressed through the pages with colour, positioning, facial features and body language. The illustrations sing with clarity, expressiveness and are uncluttered and simply lovely. One of the best wordless books I have seen in ages!" Mary Esther Judy, Reviewer for FALLEN STAR STORIES

"I’m a big fan of wordless picture books and this one is a cracker." Jill Bennett, Reviewer and consultant for Early Years Education.

"Wordless books offer children – and adults – multiple opportunities to tell and retell a story, and here the eyes definitely have it as Fitzpatrick skilfully uses her characters’ expressions to show readers how Bats and Owls become friends." THE IRISH TIMES

"Bucking the trend of recent years 'THERE' is largely picture driven and aimed at the under nines. As both author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick scooped the 20th Bisto Book of the Year Award, plus the Honour Award for Illustration. This is the third time that Fitzpatrick has picked up the prestigious award winning in 2001 and 2003 for her picture books 'You Me, and the Big Blue Sea' and, 'Izzy and the Skunk'."

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