The Vanishing Lake


The Vanishing Lake is about a little girl called Meara who goes to visit her Grandad who lives by a lake which disappears and reappears for no apparent reason. She constantly asks her Grandad why it happens and each time he has a more extravagant and unbelievable reason for her. Meara won’t believe any of his stories, but with a little imagination she may discover the ‘real’ reason.

The story is actually based on a real place, close to where Paddy grew up in Ballycastle in Ireland. It’s a lake called Loughareema which actually does disappear and reappear every few days, depending on the weather.

The Vanishing Lake  won the Gold Medal in the Picture Books category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2021! In 2023 Paddy won the Judges’ Special Award at the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards.

Paddy Donnelly a picture book illustrator and author, originally from Ireland and now based in Belgium. He grew up on the beautiful north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures and shape-shifting animals. All of this prompted his love for nature, animals, the sea and storytelling.


Also by Paddy Donnelly: The Golden Hare


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