Standing On One Leg is Hard

A heron chick wants to stand on one leg

Just like the grown-up herons do.
But every time she tries –

Standing on one leg is hard!

"This is a total gem of a book. The story and illustration work beautifully together, and the ending is laugh-out-loud perfect." Jen Wallis, Children's Books Ireland

"Creating a picturebook this simple yet clever is hard work, but McGann makes it look easy. McFarland's illustrations are glorious, with attractive muted colours and lots of layers and textures, and his work gives a nod to collage masters of the past, like Eric Carle" Sarah Webb, The Irish Independent

"Charming and playful" The Irish Times

"If you want a book that is perfect for young readers with a little text and a lot of emphasis on looking at the pictures to embellish the story then this book is going to tick all the boxes, it’s ingenious …" Armadillo Magazine

"Guaranteed to provide fun for all" Jenny Murray, The Irish Examiner

"The illustrations by Northern Irish artist Clive McFarland are full of energy and expression, while using an appealing painterly style and soft palette. The looks on the herons’ faces – especially as they fall in – are utterly brilliant and add to the humour. This would be really fun to read aloud to a child or to a group. Delightful. " Booktrust

Shortlisted for An Post Irish Book Awards 2023 - Children's Book of the Year, Jr.

Written by Erika McGann
Published by The O'Brien Press, 2023

Available to buy now.

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