Queens author highlights Carnival, folklore in children’s book

Repeating Islands


A report by Alexandra Simon for Caribbean Life.

A Queens-based illustrator and author celebrates Caribbean folklore and Trinidadian carnival in his children’s book, “A Carnival Prince.” In the book, creator Daniel O’Brien highlights the mythical entities and traditional stories he heard growing up, all through the perspective of a young protagonist on an adventure. He also to wanted to revisit all the tales he knew, and repurpose them into a digestible content.

“The book is a combination of West Indian folklore and Trinidadian traditions, and I brought those two together in this book because I wanted to bring them together and tell it through the eyes of new characters,” said O’Brien.

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago until eight years old, O’Brien said in his trips back to his native country he often participated in carnival festivities. Coming from a family of carnival enthusiasts he was very…

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