The Itchy Coo Book o Grimms' Fairy Tales in Scots



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Step into a magical world of beautiful princesses and handsome princes, wicked witches and good fairies. Here are ten of the best-loved fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, retold in a friendly, accessible way that's perfect for young children, and now in a beautiful new edition.

Featuring glowing illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, and translated from Saviour Pirotta's lively retellings, these classic fairy tales are now shared in Scots for the first time, translated by a host of well known Scottish writers.

Featured Stories: The Sleepin Princess (Matthew Fitt); The Enchantit Gingebreid Hoose (Lari Don); The Magic Bear and the Bonnie Prince (Val McDermid); The Golden-Haired Lassie in the Tower (Sanjeev Kohli); The Wee Moosie and the Swickfu Cat (Shane Strachan); The Princess and the Seeven Wee Gadgies (Thomas Clark); The Swans and the Guid Sister (Ashley Douglas); The Princess and the Puddock (James Robertson); The Lassie That Spun Strae intae Gowd (Matthew Mackie); The Twelve Dauncin Princesses (Susi Briggs)


Published: 5th August 2021
Format: 271x243mm, hardback
Extent: 128 pages
ISBN: 9781785303494


Saviour Pirotta is a best-selling children's author. The first novel in his Ancient Greek Mysteries, the Mark of the Cyclops, won the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2018. His picture book The Unicorn Prince, illustrated by Jane Ray, was an editor's pick in The Bookseller November 2018 and The Guardian's pick of the month in October 2018. His latest series is based at the end of the Neolithic and the start of the Bronze Age. Published by Maverick Arts, it is garnering rave reviews.

Saviour divides lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He likes walks by the sea, visiting haunted places and having afternoon tea. Visit his website here

Emma Chichester Clark studied art at the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children's books.

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 longlisted 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, Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

Matthew Fitt is a novelist and poet as well as a translator. An acknowledged expert in the field of Scots language education, 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 titles into Scots including Roald Dahl’s The Eejits and Geordie’s Mingin Medicine, David Walliams’ Mr Mingin and Billionaire Bairn and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane. He is a co-founder of and contributing author to the Itchy Coo imprint.


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