Thank goodness for Edinburgh publishers Floris books for their continuing support for Scottish authors and Scottish themes. Not that I want to get started on a Referendum campaign either way, but I suspect most people with Scottish connections are grateful for these picture Kelpies with their Scottish looks and language.
One of the latest offerings is Thistle Sands, the second picture book from Mike Nicholson and Claire Keay. The book offers a decidedly Scottish experience at the seaside, featuring Heather’s peely-wally legs, the Docherty kids feeling wabbit after running up and down the sand dunes and canny Kirsty who checks the change in her dad’s ice cream van. Thistle Sands (Picture Kelpies) is available here from Amazon
There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, from Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland, is a wacky twist on the old favourite rhyme There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Spider. I must confess it made me feel somewhat queasy when she got as far as swallowing Nessie, though you’ll be glad to know that our kilted, wellington-wearing heroine survived.