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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes

Alan Dapre
Yuliya Somina


Range: Young Kelpies eBook 152 pages 40 b/w illustrations ISBN: 9781782503873 Publication date: 16th February 2017
Genres: Animals, Humour Ideal for ages: 7, 8, 9 and 10 Porridge the Tartan Cat series
Cat + tartan paint = ME! I'm Porridge, the world's ONLY tartan cat. ME-OW! I'm always ready to lend a paw when the McFun family (my humans) get into trouble – which is all the time. ME-SIGH.

Who knew Gadget Grandad wasn't a SNOOOOORINGLY boring grandad but a super-duper secret spy? Now he needs my help to save the world (and fishy biscuits). ME-YUM!

Hold on to your cats for a shark-surfing, bagpipe-blasting, shed-racing adventure!


'Frequent line illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake enrich the story's zippy pace and comedic effect... Readers will enjoy the surprise endings, unusual characters, and absurd humor... these books work wonderfully as silly read alouds.'
-- School Library Journal

'A lively mix of splendidly surreal comedy and madcap action... cleverly designed to grab youngsters' attention from the start and keep them hooked to the final page'
-- Teachwire

'Hysterical [...] There are some brilliant pictures in them too. My 8-year-old loves reading them himself, and they'd be fab to read to a child too.'
-- Library Loves podcast

'Very funny, with loads of illustrations.'
-- Suffolk Libraries

'If you like crazy word play, cheeky narrators, off-beat adventures and distinctive settings this could be just what you're looking for... Much as I adore Katie Morag, and have done my time with Balamory, if you want something a little spunkier by way of a giggle inducing and gloriously silly Scottish story, do track down Porridge the Tartan Cat.'
-- Playing by the Book

'These stories are full of jokes, puns and madcap action adventure... they are just the sort of books to encourage newly independent readers to enjoy reading.'
-- School Library Association

Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes


Alan Dapre is the author of more than fifty books for children. He has also written over one hundred television scripts, transmitted in the UK and around the world. His plays have been on BBC Radio 4 and published for use in schools worldwide.

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Yuliya Somina is an award winning illustrator from Moscow. She graduated from the Moscow State Art College with a degree in fine arts and began her career in animation. Yuliya has illustrated many books including Michael Rosen’s I Never Know How Poems Start and Bill…

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