The Orkney Gruffalo's Bairn The Gruffalo's Child in Orkney Scots by Julia Donaldson


The Orkney Gruffalo's Bairn The Gruffalo's Child in Orkney Scots by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo said 'Noo, listen tae me -- Nivver go oot in that cowld, snowy trees!' But wan snowy night the Gruffalo's Bairn ignores whit her fither has tellt her an tiptoes oot intae the cowld. Eftir aal, there's no such thing as the Muckle Mad Moose there? In 2015, following on from the huge success of James Robertson's Scots translation of The Gruffalo, Itchy Coo published four dialect versions: the Orkney, Shetland, Doric and Dundee Gruffalos have all proved immensely popular as celebrations of the Scots language's astonishing regional diversity. Simon Hall's Orkney version of The Gruffalo is now followed by The Orkney Gruffalo's Bairn. A cautionary tale about what happens when a small Gruffalo leaves the comfort of its cave and sets off into the dark wood on a wintry night, this is sure to be another big hit in Orkney and with Orcadian speakers wherever they bide.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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32 pages


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Publication date

11th October 2016



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