Minerva is the mobile library who tours the Isle of Arran, bringing her stories to residents old and young, who can’t get to the island’s main library at Brodick.
When Orla the owl librarian makes plans for a holiday, Corrie, a cute and community-minded West Highland terrier, is on hand to offer her help – but is she up to the job?
This is the fourth of Corrie’s island adventures and gives young readers a fresh chance to explore Arran’s landmarks with the loveable wee dog. The picture book is full of lovely language and recognisable local features that will delight readers who know the island – or want to get to know it better.
At its heart, Corrie’s Library Capers is a celebration of small communities and how effectively they come together – whatever the challenge. We enjoyed Tony van Breugel’s cheerful illustrations, and spending time with favourite characters from previous books, like Papa and Gran Flora, and meeting new ones, like Tabitha the pony.
Alison Page’s stories were inspired by her own pet Westie and all raise money for the charity Mary’s Meals, which serves a meal a day in school for children in some of the world’s poorest countries – providing vital nutrition and an incentive for them to get to class.
She has raised more than £16,000 for Mary’s Meals through sales of her books, supporting hundreds of children in countries from Malawi to Madagascar, in their journey through education, and constantly raising awareness about the impact of Mary’s Meals work.
The little Roaring Readers have been following Corrie’s adventures since early in her journey and are always excited when a new title arrives – it’s extra special to know that for every smile the story brings to young readers in Scotland, there will be another on the face of a child overseas, who benefits from Mary’s Meals thanks to sales of the book.