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An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends

Theresa Breslin
Kate Leiper


Range: Story Books and Anthologies Hardback 176 pages colour illustrations 278 x 216 mm ISBN: 9781782505952 Publication date: 18th July 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Explore secret passages beneath Edinburgh Castle, search for the mysterious monster of Glamis, joust with knights at Stirling Castle and swim with the selkie of Eilean Donan. This is a sumptuous collection of tales from the ancient castles of Scotland, created by Carnegie Medal-winning children’s author Theresa Breslin and Kate Greenaway Medal-longlisted artist Kate Leiper.


'I loved Fantastic Beasts, and I'm really glad I got to read this book -- it has loads of beasts from Scotland in it, and it's amazing how many stories I didn't even know before. I'm going to ask my parents to visit all the places in the book, and I'm going to ask for the other two books like this for my birthday. The pictures are amazing, and the stories are great for reading at night. My friends like it, too!'
-- Jack, age 9, for Families Glasgow

'Everything you'd expect it to be. What you'd want it to be. From the wonderful cover by Kate, to every last little story by Theresa, set in different castles all over Scotland, and taking place at varying times in history... This is a great book.'
-- Bookwitch

'The illustrations are mesmerising... Simply stunning.'
-- Catherine Rayner

'A glorious collection of traditional stories. The perfect gift.'
-- Vivian French

Praise for An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, and An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures:

'A delightful and varied collection of stories from all over Scotland. Theresa Breslin's style is so compelling and chatty that you feel she is sitting in the room with you, telling you her favourite tales of kelpies and brownies, talking birds, sheepdogs and selkies. And Kate Leiper's illustrations are stunning. This is a beautiful book, which will be treasured by children in Scotland and far afield.'
-- Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate

'This is a rare delight; a harmonious braiding of pitch-perfect storytelling with illustrations of breathtaking elegance and integrity. Every home should have at least one copy.'
-- Debi Gliori

'This is a lovely book enhanced with the most beautiful illustrations. Folk stories have not lost their appeal in the modern world -- it is books like this that will keep them alive.
-- Alexander McCall Smith

'A sublime collection of folk stories... Theresa Breslin's pristine, sparkling retellings are accompanied by enchanting illustrations from Kate Leiper.'
-- The Guardian

Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends


Theresa Breslin OBE is a multi-award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults. Her work has been filmed for television, adapted for stage, broadcast on radio, translated world-wide and won many literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. She lives near Glasgow, Scotland…

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Kate Leiper is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and her work has been exhibited in galleries from London to the north of Scotland. The Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre have commissioned…

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