Bagpipes, Beasties and Bogles
Charlie McCandlewick sweeps up the bogle creatures that knock and bump, shuffle, shift, hiss and whisper in your house at night.
But what does he DO with them?
A fun Scottish tale of Nippers and Nabbers under the bed, Croakies in cupboards and Squeakers on dark stairs. Tighten your pyjamas, be brave and read on...
'This funny and original story is told in a playful, conversational tone ... The scratchy, Quentin Blake-esque illustrations are fantastic fun and offer plenty to explore and discover. Text and image together call to mind the darker outings of Dahl and Blake (think Revolting Rhymes) in giving the reader plenty of credit - Archbold knows that kids will more likely be thrilled and fascinated by his slightly sinister creations, rather than frightened. The creative use of language and expressive pen and ink illustrations challenge little ones to take ownership of the story, making this a book that will give them a gentle push towards reading independently.'
-- Inis Magazine
'The text varies from lyrical alliteration, to straightforward talking, to chaotic scrawling over the page providing the reader with a variety of reading experiences within the story. The illustrations are pen and smudgy ink, and add to the vitality and eccentricity of the story and characters. Now that I know that the bogle who steals socks is called a grunnoch, I just need my silent squirrel boots to deal with it!'
-- School Librarian
'The pictures are colourful and dramatic, with a lot of fun details to pore over ... the book has some quite sophisticated ideas that will make you smile.'
-- Lothian Life
'...Tim Archbold gives us plenty to pore over and chuckle at in his droll, comic book and somewhat Quentin Blake style illustrations.'
-- Books for Keeps
'A very quirky story, brilliantly illustrated to add to the style, character and Scottish sense of humour with which it is written ... An hilarious, tongue-in-cheek tale'
-- EYE: Early Years Educator
'A great book which gives a real flavour of Scotland and its culture.'
-- Creative Steps