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Isla and Pickle: Best Friends

Best Friends

Kate McLelland


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 230 x 240 mm ISBN: 9781782504214 Publication date: 22nd June 2017
Genre: Animals Ideal for ages: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Isla and Pickle series
Isla LOVES Pickle the adorable miniature Shetland pony who lives next door. The cheeky pair have lots of fun together.

Can Isla convince Dad that Pickle should come and live with them?

This is the first in a new series about a feisty little girl and a lovable Shetland pony who live on a Scottish island.


'Bright, colorful illustrations enhance this simple story of friendship.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'Low key, upbeat, cheerful, and just right for those who enjoy a good pony story (or dream of having a horse of their own). Colorful illustrations with plenty of background detail show little Pickle to be the kind of slightly mischievous pony that would make a good pal. Isla, meanwhile, decked out in a cable-knit sweater and plaid boots, is just determined and resourceful enough to deserve him.'
-- Randall Enos, Booklist

'The simple narrative and colourful cartoon illustrations give readers context clues to show the evolution and growth of Isla and Pickle's friendship. This is evident through the repeated images of Pickle even when he is not physically present. Pickle can be seen in the photographs Isla collects, a stuffed animal she has, and the clothing she chooses to wear... The illustrations have a childlike and playful quality... Patterns are a focal point throughout this book. Readers' eyes will be drawn to the textures, lines, and curves present in different patterns scattered throughout.'
-- School Library Journal

Praise for Kate McLelland's illustration:

‘Kate McLelland’s illustrations are bold and bright, simple but with enough to keep the interest and attention of wee bairns!'
– Scotsman

Isla and Pickle: Best Friends


Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker. She trained in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of bestselling picture book There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie and the much-loved My First Scottish board book series, which includes…

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