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

The Shetland Gruffalo's Bairn The Gruffalo's Child in Shetland Scots

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Sheffler


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

Da Gruffalo said dat nae gruffalo sud Ivver set fit i da mirky wid. But ee nicht o snaa da Gruffalo's Bairn nivver leets whit her faider is telt her an tippers oot inta da caald. Eftir aa, der no sicca thing as da Muckle Mean Moose dere? 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. Laureen Johnson's Shetlandic version of The Gruffalo is now followed by Christine De Luca's The Shetland 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 Shetland and with Shetlandic speakers wherever they bide.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages.

Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

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32 pages


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Black & White Publishing (Itchy Coo) an imprint of Black and White Publishing

Publication date

11th October 2016



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