The President’s Surprise


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Today is a very special day. It is the President’s birthday and everyone in the Áras is preparing a birthday party.

So while the President is sent out to the Phoenix Park, preparations get underway. The pigeon puts up the bunting, the hairy biker mows the lawn, Mrs Mullins dusts down the pictures and the cat checks that the cream for the cake is just right.

Meanwhile, the President enjoys tea and scones at Farmleigh House and even does a spot of outdoor yoga. But will our forgetful President enjoy his day in the park too much to remember it’s his birthday? Or will it be his turn to surprise everyone?


Peter Donnelly is an Irish author and award-winning illustrator. His debut picture book The President’s Glasses was a No. 1 bestseller, and his second book The President’s Cat won the Children’s Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Peter lives and works in Dublin.