The story of Kay, the little boy whose heart and eye are pierced by a splinter of glass. When Kay is carried off by the beautiful but cruel Snow Queen, his friend Gerda sets off in search of him.

'P. J. Lynch's lovely illustrations call on all sorts of styles, quoting Rackham and Dulac and Rockwell.' THE GUARDIAN


P. J. Lynch was born in Belfast in 1962, the youngest of five children. He studied illustration at Brighton College of Art (where one of his tutors was Raymond Briggs). He has won numerous prizes, including the Mother Goose Award and the Kate Greenaway Award. He now lives in Dublin.




P J Lynch’s illustrations overlay photographic realism with decorative fantasy, expressing the fear, passion and beauty of the story.

The Sunday Times (Culture)

Dreamy illustrations by P.J. Lynch. A perfect family Christmas read aloud.

The Bookbag

A long, mysterious fantasy, lyrically retold in this version and handsomely illustrated in full-blown romantic style.


Brilliantly done…a handsome book that could easily become beloved.

School Librarian

P J Lynch is the man of the moment in children’s illustration.

Cork Evening Echo

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