Kelpies News and Features

Category: Fun Stuff

Design Your Own Robot with the Museum Mystery Squad

Posted on 20/07/17 in Features for Teachers, Fun Stuff

Some people think that museums are boring places full of glass cases, dust and stuff no one cares about: wrong! In a hidden headquarters below the exh …

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#FlorisDesign meets Nastasha Rimmington

Posted on 30/06/17 in Design and Illustration

#FlorisDesign got chatting to Stirling-based illustrator, Natasha Rimmington, the artist behind our new Picture Kelpie Max and Zap at the Museum. Duri …

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Summer Activities – Football Tips and Tricks

Posted on 26/06/17 in Authors, Danny Scott, Fun Stuff

Practice your football skills over the summer holidays ahead of the new season with the help of Calum and his friends. Discover the Scotland Stars F.C …

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#FlorisDesign Kate McLelland

#FlorisDesign meets Kate McLelland

Posted on 19/06/17 in Design and Illustration, Kate McLelland

From wee lassies to midgies and nessies, Kate McLelland has illustrated many Kelpies books. Now she’s launching a new picture book series about a chee …

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#Floris Design Illustrator Interview – Alfredo Belli

Posted on 16/04/17 in Design and Illustration

Today is the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. Based on the famous Skye Boat Song, and with stunning illustrations by Alfredo Belli, new pi …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes

A Deadly Giant Clootie Dumpling: Top Secret Recipe

Posted on 11/04/17 in Alan Dapre, Fun Stuff, Porridge the Tartan Cat

We’ve got our hands on the SUPER-SECRET plans of Fergus McFungus, Gadget Grandad’s arch enemy! Rumour has it that these top-secret plans can make a ra …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview – Vanya Nastanlieva

Posted on 05/04/17 in Design and Illustration

The Island and the Bear by Louise Greig is one of our latest Picture Kelpies published this Spring. The book is inspired by a true story that has sinc …

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Hidden Hieroglyphics Puzzle Time!

Posted on 20/03/17 in Features for Teachers, Fun Stuff

Egyptian hieroglyphics don’t have an alphabet like ours. Hieroglyphics can be symbols, or pictures of animals, people or objects. Some are easy to fig …

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What’s your ideal dinosaur pet?

Posted on 15/03/17 in Fun Stuff

Dinosaurs are great, right? They’d make much better pets than a boring hamster (though I suspect Colin would disagree with you on that one…) But whi …

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Our Favourite Feisty Females!

Posted on 08/03/17 in Fun Stuff

We’re really lucky here at Kelpies HQ. We get to work with loads of amazing and inspiring women both in reality and in the worlds created by our autho …

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My First Scottish Feature Image

‘My First Scottish…’ – from brainwave to book

Posted on 07/03/17 in Design and Illustration, Kate McLelland

Have you ever wondered how a board book is created? Perhaps not! After all, it can’t be that difficult to make a board book, can it? We caught up with …

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Quiz: How much do you know about Arthur Conan Doyle?

Posted on 14/02/17 in Fun Stuff

Put your detective skills to the test! Are these fun facts about Arthur Conan Doyle true or false? Save Save Save Find out more about the creator of S …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Yuliya Somina

Posted on 08/02/17 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

Today #FlorisDesign is talking to Yuliya Somina, illustrator of our new Young Kelpies series, Porridge the Tartan Cat, penned by Alan Dapre. Featuring …

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Introducing the Floris Design and Production Team

Posted on 27/01/17 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

The Design and Production team members at Floris Books are a key part of the publishing process. They are responsible for taking a manuscript and tran …

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A Very Kelpie Christmas

Posted on 25/11/16 in Fun Stuff

It’s almost Christmas morning, and all over the world children will soon be rushing to open their presents. But have you ever wondered what your favou …

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Slugboy’s Slugs Have Escaped!

Posted on 20/10/16 in Fun Stuff

You may not have heard of Slugboy, Scotland’s worst superhero. Thanks to an unfortunately tasty-looking radioactive slug, eleven-year-old Murdo Macleo …

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Floris Design: Behind the Scenes with Thorfinn the Nicest Viking

Posted on 21/07/16 in Design and Illustration

Today the #FlorisDesign team will be taking a look behind the scenes at some early sketches of Thorfinn-the-Very-VERY-Nice-Indeed. Thorfinn is the pol …

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Meet the Floris Design team!

Posted on 29/06/16 in Design and Illustration

The design and production team at Floris Books are a key part of the publishing process. They are responsible for taking a manuscript and transforming …

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Creating Characters in Illustrated Children’s Books – #FlorisDesign

Posted on 23/05/16 in Design and Illustration

With wacky expressions, silly quirks and heartfelt encounters, we know that characterisation brings personality to the page. At Floris, we think that …

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Spooky Reads for Halloween!

Posted on 16/10/15 in Alette Willis, Alex Nye, Folk and Fairy Tales, Fun Stuff, Gill Arbuthnott, Lari Don

Winter is coming, the long nights are drawing in and we love nothing more at this time of year than to curl up with a good book. The more adventurous …

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Have a sneaky peek at one of our spookiest #SpookyReads!

Posted on 28/10/14 in Alex Nye, Authors, Books, Chill, Extract, Fun Stuff

One of our favourite things to do when it’s cold, wet and windy outside is to curl up somewhere warm and comfortable with a good book. And with Hallow …

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Are you #TeamThor or #TeamLoki? Vote today on Discover Kelpies!

Posted on 24/10/14 in Fun Stuff, Robert J Harris, Thor is Locked in my Garage

We do like a Norse god here at DiscoverKelpies Towers, which is why we LOVE Robert J. Harris’ hilarious adventures The Day The World Went Loki and Tho …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Si Clark

Posted on 01/10/14 in Design and Illustration, E. B. Colin, Fun Stuff, Pyrate's Boy

Illustrator of… A few weeks ago, the team here at Discover Kelpies were thrilled to announce that three (yes, THREE!) of our lovely titles had been …

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Clip clop CRASH! Yann and the Fabled Beasts gang are taking over DiscoverKelpies for a day!

Posted on 26/09/14 in First Aid for Fairies, Fun Stuff, Lari Don

Good morning Kelpies fans! We found this very mysterious blog waiting for us when we arrived at DiscoverKelpies Towers so of course we had to share it …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Philip Longson

Posted on 24/09/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Lari Don

Illustrator of…For the last three weeks we’ve dedicated our #FlorisDesign take-overs to showcasing our wonderfully talented Traditional Scottish Tal …

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Illustrator interview with Ruchi Mhasane

#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Ruchi Mhasane

Posted on 17/09/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Janis Mackay

Illustrator of… Last Wednesday we introduced you to the first of our Traditional Scottish Tales illustrators, Matthew Land – illustrator of Theresa …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Matthew Land

Posted on 10/09/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

Illustrator of… With the release date of our stunning Traditional Scottish Tales just around the corner, we thought you might like to meet the illus …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Questionnaire: Luke Newell

Posted on 03/09/14 in Alex McCall, Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Kelpies Prize 2013

Illustrator of… It’s been just over a year since Luke Newell began to design his eggs-cellent cover for Alex McCall’s Kelpies Prize-winning Attack o …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Questionnaire: Astrid Jaekel

Posted on 13/08/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

Illustrator of… Last summer Astrid became the very first winner of our very first Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize, and what a winner she was! …

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Illustrator interview with Kirsteen Harris-Jones

#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Kirsteen Harris-Jones

Posted on 30/07/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interviw: Kirsteen Harris-Jones Illustrator of… Kirsteen illustrated her first Picture Kelpies book, No Such Thing as Nessie …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Nicola L. Robinson

Posted on 23/07/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

Illustrator of… Nicola has been illustrating covers for our Kelpies range for the last 5 years and we’re thrilled that she’s agreed to give us a pea …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Leah McDowell

Posted on 16/07/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff

Illustrator of… Leah has been illustrating Kelpies for nearly three years now and has stacked up an awesome variety of fun, spooky and sinister cove …

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Floris Design & Production team workspace

Meet the Design and Production team here at DiscoverKelpies!

Posted on 02/07/14 in Fun Stuff

Hello everyone! As some of you may have noticed, last Wednesday the Floris Books Design and Production team stormed the marketing office and declared …

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Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

Greetings from the Brotherhood of the Egg

Posted on 20/02/14 in Fun Stuff

Breaking news, live from the DiscoverKelpies coop in deepest, darkest Edinburgh. Fowl play was suspected this morning at the newly renamed Hatching Ga …

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Hedgehog Heroes

Posted on 21/12/11 in Fun Stuff

Do you know how to look after the hedgehogs that live in your garden? Our friends at The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the PTES (that stan …

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Happy New Year!!

Posted on 01/01/11 in Fun Stuff

Happy New Year from everyone at Discover Kelpies. After lovely Christmas holidays we are all back at our desks getting new Kelpies ready for the new y …

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