Gelert - A Man's Best Friend by Cerys Matthews

Gelert - A Man's Best Friend

Written by Cerys Matthews
Illustrated by Fran Evans


Gelert - A Man's Best Friend by Cerys Matthews

A classic Welsh legend retold by singer and songwriter, Cerys Matthews. Gelert is one of the best-loved traditional tales from Wales. In this version, the beautiful atmospheric illustrations by Fran Evans combine with author Cerys Mathews's retelling of the story in rhyme, making it an ideal read-aloud book.

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This description of the faithful hound leitmotif, which even has a specific number in the scholarly Arne-Thompson categorisation of folk tales(178A), might bring disappointment to all those adults brought up to believe in the unique Welshness of the tear-jerking legend of Gelert. Yet the story has retained its excitement, its pathos and its cultural integrity. It has been shared by countless generations of children,in classrooms and homes across Wales and far beyond.



There is so much more to explore in the legend of Gelert that I am sure this entertaining interpretation in picture book form will inspire children, parents and teachers to reach for their laptops, tablets, and even reference books! There they will discover earlier poetic interpretations of the story, earlier illustrations (the Victorians loved the subject) and some fascinating links with real history see the detailed notes on Beth Gellert in Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (1892).

Indeed its a chance for readers and researchers, of whatever age, to make up their own minds about the historical validity of the story and its contribution both to the Welsh folk legend canon and to Snowdonias tourist industry. Beddgelert here we come!

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

About the Author

Cerys Matthews is well known worldwide as a successful singer / songwriter, author and broadcaster. Formerly the front woman of cult band Catatonia, she was a rock icon in the 1990's. She later returned to her folk roots and has recorded several successful albums. She currently presents her own show on Radio 6, as well as contributing to many television and radio programmes. She is well known for her talent with words, and as a mother of three, ideally placed to rework this Welsh legend for a young, contemporary audience. Her debut publication, Tales from the Deep, was published by Pont Books in 2011.

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32 pages


Cerys Matthews
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Pont Books an imprint of Gomer Press

Publication date

7th November 2017



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