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Thistle Sands

Mike Nicholson
Claire Keay


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9781782500490 Publication date: 20th March 2014
Genre: Humour Theme: Scots Language Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
Get ready for a day of seaside fun on Thistle Sands! No need to look GLAIKIT, just hurry up but watch out you don't fall on your BAHOOKIE on the beach. Everyone's welcome on Thistle Sands -- even if you are PEELY WALLY!

Bairns the world over will love the folk they meet and the Scots words they learn spending a day on this beautiful Scottish beach.


'Children, both in Scotland and further afield, will love the detailed illustrations as well as appreciating the interesting new Scots words they will have added to their vocabulary.'
-- St John's Church Magazine

'My nine and six-year old loved Thistle Sands, a title pitched at younger children -- but the desire to learn the Scots for bottom is, apparently, ageless. That, while reading it aloud, they sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to do a Lossiemouth accent only added to the allure of the tale of seaside japes. The illustrations reminded me of Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt.'
-- The Times

Thistle Sands


Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children with his first novel for children, Catscape. He’s also the author of children’s novel Grimm and three Scottish picture books, Thistle Street, Thistle Sands and Thistle Games, which celebrate Scots words. He…

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Claire Keay is an artist and illustrator based in Essex in England. Claire has illustrated four previous children’s books, including three Picture Kelpies: Thistle Street, Thistle Sands and The Magic Word. She also illustrates greeting cards and sells her paintings worldwide.

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