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What are your local monsters?

Posted on 07/05/2018 in Authors Lari Don Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster

Today on the Discover Kelpies blog we’re delighted to be hosting Lari Don as she makes her first big splash on The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster blog tour. Lari Don will also be visiting BookBairn (Tuesday 8th May), Story Snug (Wednesday 9th May), Playing by the Book (Thursday 10th May), Acorn Books (Friday 11th May), Get Kids Into Books (Saturday 12th May) and Delightful Book Reviews (Sunday 13th May). So dive right in to meet Lari Don and find out how you can help us to build a map of Scotland’s mythical monsters by entering our Map My Monster competition.


When I was growing up I had a local ghost, a local giant, a local kelpie, and not that far away was the Grey Man of Ben Macdui, and only a little bit further way than that was NESSIE!

I love writing about monsters from all over Scotland and I love hearing from young readers and writers about their local monsters.

So to celebrate the publication of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, Kelpies HQ are running a competition to find out about everyone’s local monsters.

Map My Monster - mythical monstersYou might have a dragon or a kelpie or a nuckelavee or a ghost or a black dog or a wyrm or a child-stealing fairy queen. You might have heard their story at home or at school or at the local library or museum. Indeed, you might wonder if you have caught a glimpse of them out of the corner of your eye, or you might be absolutely sure they that don’t really exist. You might like to tell stories about them, or hide under the duvet when they are mentioned. Or you might make up stories about monsters and magical beasts yourself.

Whatever your local monster is, and wherever you found it – in an old tale or in your shiny new imagination – we want to hear about it. Everyone knows where Nessie is on the map, but now my publishers want to map Scotland’s other monsters too.

It doesn’t have to be a horrible monster, it could be a friendly one, a magical one, a mysterious one. And it doesn’t have to be real either (very few monsters are real, honestly…) If you don’t know any old stories from your area, or if there aren’t any about monsters or beasties or magical beings, then just do what writers and artists do: MAKE ONE UP!

I was really lucky, I didn’t have to make up the monster in my most recent book, and you were really lucky too, because I didn’t have to draw her! The wonderful Nataša Ilinčić drew the most amazing Loch Ness Monster for this picture book…

I will be fascinated to meet all of your local monsters, because I always love hearing about local monsters. On my visits to schools all over Scotland, I have been told about dragons and wyrms, ghosts and kelpies, fairies in the woods and creatures rising from the sea… I wonder what new monsters and magical beasts I will discover when I see entries to #MapMyMonster?

If you want to join in, here are the details. You have until the end of June to enter, so there’s plenty of time to track down or invent a monster!


The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster - mythical monstersAbout the Book

Renowned author and storyteller Lari Don’s traditional tale sidesteps the modern Nessie, creating a new myth inspired by local folklore. A timeless tale of Scotland’s most famous creature, atmospherically brought to life by Nataša Ilinčić’’s stunning illustrations.

 About the Author

Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author more than 20 books for children of all ages.

The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster is the latest Traditional Scottish Tale by Lari Don. The Secret of the Kelpie and The Tale of Tam Linn by Lari are also available.

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