Joe the Fisherman What Do the Grown-ups Do? by Mairi McLellan


Joe the Fisherman What Do the Grown-ups Do? by Mairi McLellan

Joe the Fisherman is the first book of the series 'What Do the Grown-Ups Do?' The stories are based on life in the north-west Highlands of Scotland in a village called Badaneel and follow three local girls as they investigate the world of grown-up jobs. Designed for children aged 5-10 years, their aim is to help children understand different jobs and educate them about working life in a light-hearted manner. Whilst in story format, they are also factual, based on a real place, written about real people. Joe the fisherman lives next door. A great strong man with a cheeky grin, Joe has fished for prawns all his life, just like his father before him. Joe the Fisherman tells of Joe's life aboard and the pros and cons of being at sea. Like many of the local creel fishermen, they fish using sustainable techniques. Joe tells the girls how to stop catching crabs in their lobster pots, how to prepare bait and how to maintain the creels. Other books in the series include: Papa the Stockfarmer, Sean the Actor, Fiona the Doctor and Richard the Vet. My children constantly ask, 'What do the grown ups do at work?' It was this interest that sparked the idea for the books. Whilst they love to play, they are equally eager to tag along with the adults, learning new things, says Mairi, about her inspiration for the series. I thought it would be useful to educate them about the workplace and broaden their ideas for their life ahead. Although the message is educational, it is designed to be fun too, she said.


'An informative and fun way to introduce your children to the world of living.'

'Really detailed and informative books, which contain exactly the questions that intelligent children ask, and adults are often unable to answer. There is fun, humour and a wonderful sense of place too.'

Grammar School

Marlene Moyer

About the Author

After graduating from Glasgow University and completing a post-grad in France, Mairi McLellan worked in the family IT business until its sale. Having worked abroad extensively, she returned to the croft in the Highlands of Scotland where she runs a fold of Highland cattle, boat charters and writes her books based on three local girls as they investigate the world of grown-up jobs.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

5th December 2013



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