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A wonderful gift, particularly if you have Scottish connections. This is a truly stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime and will be enjoyed by parents and grandparents as well as children. Retelling each in its own individual style, award winning author Theresa Breslin presents some best-loved tales from Scotland - funny tales, moving tales and enchanting fairy tales. Meet a selkie, an eagle, a kelpie and much more - each story is brought to life with exquisite illustrations by Scottish fine artist Kate Leiper, which brim with otherworldly beauty.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Discover eleven wonderful tales in this, ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’. The combination of author Theresa Breslin and illustrator Kate Leiper works beautifully. As an avid collector of fantastical treasuries, I have to admit to an immediate Gollum-esque grab, the moment this appeared on my desk. The gorgeous cover is of the Island Beast, the star of one of the tales, however most of the illustrations aren't quite as menacing as this particular creature. The illustrations reach out to you, with hidden glimpses of creatures as well as the obvious, make sure you don't slide over them as you read, as I loved the “ahah’ moment of the landscape in the Nessie tale. This book is an absolute treat for children as it’s not too frightening. Actually it’s a treat for any age, whether you are new to some of these tales, (as I was), or have grown up with story of the Nuckalavee or the Wulver, it’s quite simply fabulous. ~ Liz Robinson
Dark dragons, ghostly pipers, rude goblins and sly wizards -- discover the legends that dwell within the ancient castles of Scotland. This highly anticipated book is the latest volume of much-loved Scottish tale treasuries by Carnegie-award-winning children's author Theresa Breslin and Kate Greenaway Medal-longlisted artist Kate Leiper. Explore secret passages beneath Edinburgh Castle, search for the mysterious monster of Glamis, capture the faery flag of Dunvegan, joust with knights at Stirling Castle and swim with the selkie of Eilean Donan in this sumptuous collection of tales from iconic Scottish castles. Read much-cherished and little-known legends, each illuminating the character and history of its castle, all brilliantly retold and beautifully illustrated to amuse, thrill and enchant. A wonderful gift, this is a stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime, bringing history, place and story alive for children, parents and grandparents alike.
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