Marie Louise Fitzpatrick » Award-Winning Irish Writer and Illustrator



Told in questions that perfectly capture both the uncertainty and surprising determination of children, this is a book about growing up, and a young girl who ponders what might or might not lie in store for her.

Both provocative and gently reassuring, it is illustrated with luminous paintings of sweeping landscapes and glorious panoramas of sea and sky.


Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year 2010 and the Bisto Illustration Honour Award
An Eric Carle Museum Best Picture Books of 2009 choice

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‘Readers of all ages will appreciate this layered tale and feel the poignancy of her decision to cease her questioning and live in the moment.’ Starred review, Publishers Weekly

‘Thought-provoking and comforting, this selection leaves room for high-minded existential interpretation but still has an innocence that is childlike and accessible as it addresses the pleasures and pitfalls of growing up.’ Kirkus Reviews

There is a book for rumination, a rare permission to ask the unanswerable questions. The thoughts that propel it and the images that illuminate it make this volume a small wonder for children.’ School Library Journal

‘Vibrant double-page spreads create a spacious setting for this peripatetic story of a young girl pondering a big question: ‘When will I get There?’ ‘ Booklist

‘The sparse but provocative verbal text engages the reader directly through the use of short, concise questions. These questions are equally stimulating to both children and adults, with Fitzpatrick’s text reflecting that of a curious child who constantly asks mind-boggling questions…Overall, Fitzpatrick has produced a timeless picturebook.’ Jennifer Carpenter, Inis Magazine

‘Of the Irish picture-book writers and illustrators who have come to the fore in recent years Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick has emerged as one of the most accomplished and most versatile. Her new title, There, has several claims to be considered her strongest work yet, not least in its extremely succesful combination of text and image.’ Robert Dunbar, Irish Times


Publisher: Roaring Brook, USA, 2009
Co-editions: France, Finland, Korea and Japan