Our marvellous mobile library

The end of the summer marks the end of an era for us, with the littlest Roaring Readers due to start primary school after the break. One of the things we will miss most about our pre-school afternoons together is fortnightly visits to the mobile library van. We live in fairly remote village in the... Continue Reading →

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Review: The Starlight Watchmaker

The Starlight Watchmaker may be physically slight, but this book is full of heart, with plenty of excitement crammed into its just-over-100 pages, and vividly-drawn characters who stay with you long after you have turned the last one. Set in an alien world, where survival depends on the light of the stars, this is the... Continue Reading →

Review: Scotland’s Animal Superstars

With its bright, magaziney cover and promise of fun, factual content, Scotland's Animal Superstars has the feel of offering something fresh – and it was grabbed enthusiastically by our nearly seven-year-old the moment she spotted it. This collection of true-life tales about amazing Scottish animals is an accessible and enjoyable read, packed with photos and... Continue Reading →

Review: The Tattoo Toorie

We fell head-over-tail for Corrie, the intrepid West Highland Terrier, in her first story, The Westie Fest, so we were looking forward to joining her for adventure number two: The Tattoo Toorie. As a Westie Fest (Highland Games) champion, Corrie is invited to take tea in Edinburgh with Corgi royalty, and to perform a special... Continue Reading →

Review: Greyfriars Bobby: A Puppy’s Tale

The story of Greyfriars Bobby, Scotland's favourite Skye terrier, is widely told and loved, so we were looking forward to discovering how Michelle Sloan and Elena Bia's picture book would introduce it to a new generation of readers – we weren't disappointed. Bobby's statue is one of Edinburgh's most visited attractions, honouring his loyalty to... Continue Reading →

Review: Isla and Pickle: the Pony Party

Wee Isla and her pony Pickle make a wonderfully endearing duo. Isla and Pickle: the Pony Party is the latest in Kate McLelland's series about the little girl and her Shetland pony (and 'very best friend'). It sees the pair invited to a pony-themed birthday party on their local beach - exciting news, except that... Continue Reading →

Review: Help! I Smell A Monster

The first chapter of Help! I Smell a Monster had us giggling, turning up our noses (at delightful yuckiness) and turning the page as quickly as we could to find out more – which set the pattern for the rest of this fabulous, funny and often surprising story. Alice MacAllister is an ordinary girl with an apparently-ordinary... Continue Reading →

Review: Clever dog, Kip

This day-in-the-life story about a hard-working sheepdog is a lovely, gentle read, and wonderfully detailed illustrations ensure that it is a treat young readers can enjoy again and again. Kip and the farmer have a full to-do list, from letting out the ducks and hens to milking the cow and gathering the sheep, and that's... Continue Reading →

Quick Lit: June News

A round-up of the month's Scottish children's book news The summer break is approaching fast, and we know where the Roaring Reads gang are heading on our first outing – to Moat Brae, Scotland's new centre for children's literature, in Dumfries. The attraction opened at the start of this month in the restored Georgian property... Continue Reading →

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