All Better!


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Get well soon with this beautiful collection of poems and rhymes about being under the weather and on the mend!

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‘Sure to make even the most reluctant patient smile, this book of wonderful rhymes is just what the doctor ordered!’ – Dr Louise Gallagher, Doctor of Children’s Literature

Everyone hates going to the doctor – taking their medicine, having their temperature taken, maybe having to go for surgery. None of it’s any fun.

This collection of beautifully illustrated rhymes helps to make being sick a little less scary, with poems about things like broken bones, the chickenpox and having an injection, and with characters that will make young readers laugh and smile.

Children can sing along to Owen’s Broken Bone Blues, meet Ultan Ulrich Ultrasound  (he can look right into your insides with his magical powers!) and Eliza Analyser, who looks at all your cells under the microscope.

Originally written in Latvian by Inese Zandere, translated and retold for Irish readers by award-winning Irish poet Catherine Ann Cullen. Illustrations throughout by Reinis Pētersons.

Published with support from the Latvian Writers’ Union



‘Winter colds don’t stand a chance against Inese Zandere’s delightful poems … [her] rich reframing of illness, from the common cold to more serious, hospital-worthy woes, should force a smile from the most miserable patient, while Reinis Petersons’s illustrations will also gladden the heart.’ – Sara Keating, The Irish Times

‘What a beautiful collection of poems for the younger years, wonderfully produced with fantastic illustrations!’ – Enda Wyley, Irish poet

‘This lovely collection of poetry addresses all the fears and feelings any child will naturally have when under the weather; from having to stay in bed all day to those icky germs that make us ill; from blood tests to broken bones. Light-hearted, whimsical characters and rhythmic, fun rhymes that are easy to remember will have the little patient smiling and singing along in no time. The expressive illustrations are zany, bright and colourful, filled with joy and humour. A wonderful way to bring warmth and comfort into the little patients’ experience.’ – Mary Esther Judy



About Catherine Ann Cullen

Catherine Ann Cullen is an award-winning children’s writer, poet and songwriter. She has published two other children’s books, Thirsty Baby (2003) and the gold-award-winning The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (2001), with Little, Brown in the US, and has just finished an animation script, Rumpelstiltskin, with BAFTA-winner Tim Fernée. Cullen was awarded a Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry in December 2018. She won the Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community for her writing residency in St Joseph’s School, East Wall in 2017. Her third poetry collection, The Other Now: New and Selected Poems, was published by Dedalus Press in October 2016, drawing on her two collections from Doghouse books, A Bone in My Throat (2007) and Strange Familiar (2013). She won the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award in 2016 and in 2009 and is part of the Ireland Poetry Reading Archive at UCD. Her poems, essays and stories have been widely published in anthologies and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, Lyric FM and Near FM.

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About Inese Zandere

Inese Zandere is one of the foremost poets for children in Latvia with five poetry collections to her name. She is also one of Latvia’s best-loved authors of fiction, with over twenty novels published to date.

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