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The Grumpy Cow


The Story of

A Not So Silent Night


Written & Illustrated

By Karen McSweeney


All proceeds from the sale of this

book will go to





Price € 14.00  

For Jean Carley


Christmas was a time for wonderment, for love, for giving, for laughter and for fun. It was the highlight of Jean’s calendar and she whole-heartedly celebrated the coming of Jesus every year. For Jean, giving was a way of life, hospitality was a joy, and family and friendship was the oil of the light of her life. She wanted everyone to have a share of the joy that had come to the world. Her heart was that no one should be excluded and this was reflected in her passion for the work of Zest4Kidz. Her trips to Uganda filled her heart with imaginings of what could be done to make things better, her compassion was an active one and her desire was that what we have we should share.


So, in some small way I hope this book and all the proceeds from it’s sale will spread that message of love, hope, laughter and compassion, wherever it is read.


I dedicate it to Jean, my sister by marriage and my friend by choice, my coffee mate, my shopping buddy and my confidante. To a woman that loved God, family, children and Christmas and brought light into many little lives.


Love you forever,

Karen McSweeney




It’s the story of Christmas as you’ve never heard it before!

Missy the Grumpy Cow’s world is disturbed by a parade of visitors, a bright light and a baby, some kings, shepherds and a Donkey… What could this mean and who could she complain to?



About the Author


Karen McSweeney lives and works in Dublin as an artist and author.  She is married to John and mum to three children Caoimhe, Sean and Saoirse.  Karen’s sense of fun and adventure together with her creative talent enjoys bringing characters to life through words and images.  Her books are a joy for children and a favourite

with adults.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

Luke 2: 1-3

“SSSShhhhh you lot out there, must you make such a racket checking in to an inn?” Missy stuck her head under some straw to block out the noise. She even stuck some straw in her ears! And once again she lay her head down to try to get some sleep when…….