An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends. 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.
Table of Contents
The Ghostly Piper of Edinburgh Castle
The Mysterious Monster in the Castle of Glamis
The Redcap Goblin of Caerlaverock Castle
The Faery Flag of Dunvegan Castle
The Wizard of Stirling Castle
Doe Not Vaken Sleiping Dogs (Craigievar Castle)
The King’s Three Questions (Moot Hill and Scone)
The True Story of the Loch Ness Monster… (Castle Urquhart)
Meg with the Muckle Mouth (Elibank Castle and Abbotsford)
The Selkie Girl and the Otter King (Eilean Donan Castle)
Tale End (Bothwell Castle)
‘Everything you’d expect it to be. What you’d want it to be. From the wonderful cover by Kate, to every last little story by Theresa, set in different castles all over Scotland, and taking place at varying times in history… This is a great book.’
‘The illustrations are mesmerising… Simply stunning.’
— Catherine Rayner
‘A glorious collection of traditional stories. The perfect gift.’
— Vivian French
Praise for An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, and An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures:
‘A delightful and varied collection of stories from all over Scotland. Theresa Breslin’s style is so compelling and chatty that you feel she is sitting in the room with you, telling you her favourite tales of kelpies and brownies, talking birds, sheepdogs and selkies. And Kate Leiper’s illustrations are stunning. This is a beautiful book, which will be treasured by children in Scotland and far afield.’
— Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate
‘This is a rare delight; a harmonious braiding of pitch-perfect storytelling with illustrations of breathtaking elegance and integrity. Every home should have at least one copy.’
— Debi Gliori
‘This is a lovely book enhanced with the most beautiful illustrations. Folk stories have not lost their appeal in the modern world — it is books like this that will keep them alive.
— Alexander McCall Smith
‘A sublime collection of folk stories… Theresa Breslin’s pristine, sparkling retellings are accompanied by enchanting illustrations from Kate Leiper.’
— The Guardian
‘Theresa Breslin’s storytelling and the artwork of Kate Leiper combine to produce An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures. Theresa has selected eleven stories from settings across Scotland to tell and re-tell: a Selkie tale from Orkney, Thomas the Rhymer from the Scottish Borders and a story of dangerous women from Arbroath, amongst others. Her engaging style makes this an ideal collection to read aloud. But be sure to allow plenty of time to absorb all the beauty in Kate’s minutely detailed illustrations. The book is full of colour and atmosphere and style, a testament to the partnership of writer and illustrator.’– Jane Sandell, The Scotsman
Author Theresa Breslin is a critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults. She lives near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. Her novels have won many literary prizes including the Carnegie Medal. She is a regular visitor at book festivals and schools. Together with Kate Leiper, she is also the author of An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales.
Kate Leiper is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and her work has been exhibited in galleries from London to the north of Scotland. The Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre have commissioned her artwork. Her inspirations range from Scottish folklore to the Far East to Shakespeare. She and acclaimed author Theresa Breslin also created An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales.