Gringer the Whinger won a commendation at the Institute of Designers Ireland Awards 2017
From RTE Junior Book Club:
New book review for 0-4 year olds: 'Gringer the Whinger' by Jane Landy and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Young readers will love this captivating and entertaining picturebook with vibrant, amusing and expressive illustrations by Sheena Dempsey. One evening, out of the blue, Gringer the Whinger, a ‘whinging cantankerous dragon’, appears during a fraught dinner time. The children stop arguing and instantly love the disagreeable dragon, despite their parents’ and dog’s best efforts to get rid of him. From then on, the bright-red dragon appears whenever the siblings squabble or complain at mealtimes. Jane Landy’s tale will resonant with readers of all ages, in particular those familiar with the witching hour and the count down before bedtime. Check out the endpapers and find Gringer’s House on a typical looking beach during of an Irish autumn, replete with sideways rain and disgruntled looking seagulls.
From Inis Magazine's Recommended Reading Guide 2017:
Gringer the Whinger is a "whinging cantankerous dragon" who arrives every evening at mealtimes, in particular, he appears as if by magic when the children fight and cry and complain about their dinner. An entertaining tale of how to deal with fraught evenings with young children that will resonate with readers. Sheena Dempsey's distinctive and expressive illustrations are a perfect complement to Jane Landy's text. 'Gringer the Whinger' is funny and touching in equal measure.