Colmán Ó Raghallaigh is the author of many children's books in Irish, including the award winning Ruairí series and a highly successful series of graphic novels, both published by his own publishing house, Cló Mhaigh Eo. Five of his books were published by An Gúm, among them the best-selling Róisín ar Strae (1996) and a short adventure novel for young people about the famine titled Éalú san Oíche. An Sclábhaí (2002) was the first graphic novel to be published in Ireland and is a gripping account of the young St. Patrick's capture and escape. In May 2002 it won a prestigious Bisto Merit Award and was followed by An Tóraíocht (2003), An Teachtaire (2004) and An Táin (2006). For more information visit http://www.leabhar.com.
Ruairí's bad day begins when he wakes late, his mother screeching outside his door. The hunt for shoes and trousers costs valuable time, he misses breakfast, can't find his schoolbag, forgets to bring a lunch, and all this before he arrives at school to find the teacher waiting at the door. By the time he has posed (unconventionally) for the school photographer, been blamed for spilling water, and done (extra) Maths and spelling homework, Ruairí is exhausted from this particularly bad day and young readers have identified with, and laughed at, every incident. The first of cheeky Ruairí's adventures won the 1996 Irish Language Book of the Year Award and remains a the best-selling children's book in Irish.
A surprise visit to the hospital by Ruairí and Séimí leads to pandemonium as their "gift" to their sick friend Máirtín is revealed!