White Ravens: Irish

1 book      

Special Mention - Ireland (Irish) - 2007 - 227
Ó Raghallaigh, Colmán (text)
Reynolds, Barry (illus.)
The Cartooon Saloon (prod.)
Merigeau, Adrien (col.)
Burchartz, Roxanne (letter.)
An Táin
(The Táin)
Clár Chlaínne Mhuírís : Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2006. [44] p.
ISBN 1-899922-28-8
Connaught – Ulster – Queen – Envy – Bull – War – Death
»An Táin«, aka »Táin Bó Cúailnge« (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), is the central tale in the Ulster Cycle, one of the four great epic cycles that make up the surviving corpus of Irish mythology. By retelling this ancient story in graphic novel format, popular Irish author Colmán Ó Raghallaigh makes an important and exciting mythical tale come alive for young readers today. Accompanied by a sparse text full of dialogue, the energetic, angular watercolour-and-ink illustrations in subdued colours relate how Connaught Queen Méabh, jealous of her husband’s wealth, starts a war against Ulster to steal the precious bull Donn Cuailnge and thus increase her own riches. Although the Ulster teenage hero Cú Chulainn summons up all his strength and cunning and slays half of the Queen’s army, he cannot prevent her from temporarily obtaining the bull. Years later, Méabh takes revenge for the horrible bloodshed and ends Cú Chulainn’s life by resorting to trickery. (12+)
(Oireachtas na Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year award for Young People; 2006)