Marie Louise Fitzpatrick » Award-Winning Irish Writer and Illustrator

Izzy and Skunk

Izzy is afraid of everything – shadows, spiders, even making friends! But her toy friend, Skunk, isn’t scared at all.
With Skunk by her side, Izzy manages to conquer all her fears – that is untill he goes missing!
If Izzy is to find Skunk, she will have to do so all by herself.

Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year 2001
A Schools and Libraries Best Book 2000(USA)



‘The minimal text conveys powerful emotion and release in very few words: it truthfully shows how children may invest a beloved toy with the mastery that they are striving to achieve themselves.’ Booklist

‘…full of child appeal and humour with a message that will reassure all young children.’ Sheila Wood, The Bookseller

‘A reassuring story with an upbeat message about overcoming fears.’ Publishers Weekly

This tale of a dungaree-clad, mop-topped girl and her black-and-white puppet alter ego has great child appeal…A cozy, well-executed choice for sharing with a special friend.’ School Library Journal starred review

‘This charming and involving tale is perfect for 3-7 year olds.’ Publishing News

Publisher: Gullane UK 2000
Co-editions: USA, Ireland, Holland, Korea, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, China


Here are some roughs from Izzy – early character sketches and thumbnails. Included is a party scene that didn’t make it to the finished book and two earlier ending sequences. The second ending idea was scrapped due to fears over children and water, so we settled on having her climb a tall tree instead!