The Itchy Coo Book o Aesop's Fables in Scots



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Aesop's Fables are a fundamental building-block of world literature and 2022, Scotland's Year of Stories, is the perfect time to publish a collection of these wise, funny and thought-provoking tales from around 2,500 years ago.

The fables are firmly rooted in the natural world and feature animals as their main characters, but the life lessons they illustrate are human ones and timeless in their relevance. Young readers at home and at school will love to read or hear these 21 tales, presented in a variety of Scots dialects by leading Scottish authors. The familiarity of fables such as 'The Lion and the Mouse', 'The Hare and the Tortoise' and, 'The Dog in the Manger' will help new Scots readers to learn and enjoy Scots words as they read.

This is a beautifully illustrated, full-colour hardback and a companion volume to The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Scots and The Itchy Coo Book o Grimms' Fairy Tales in Scots.

Featuring glowing illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, and translated from Michael Morpurgo's lively retellings, these timeless fables are now shared in Scots for the first time.


    Published: 11 August 2022
    Format: 271x243mm, hardback
    Extent: 96 pages
    ISBN: 9781785303999


    Matthew Fitt is a novelist and poet as well as a translator. Matthew was winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Children's Books award at the 2020 Scottish Book Trust Awards. He has written numerous children's books and translated a number of titlesinto Scots including Roald Dahl's The Eejits, David Walliams' Mr Mingin and J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane. He is a co-founder of andcontributing author to the Itchy Coo imprint.

    James Robertson is a co-founder of Itchy Coo. He writes books for both adults and children, in English and in Scots. His novel The Testament of Gideon Mack was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2006 and featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2007. For Itchy Coo his translations include Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom and Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.

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