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The Tall Tale of the Giant’s Causeway

Finn McCool, Benandonner and the road between Ireland and Scotland

Lari Don
Emilie Gill


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Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 230 x 266 mm ISBN: 9781782508151 Publication date: 15th September 2022
Genres: Uncategorized, Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 4, 5, 6 and 7
"Long ago, when giants lived in Scotland and Ireland, they stood so tall they could see clearly across the wide water between the two lands."

One day, Irish giant Finn McCool spots Scottish giant Benandonner across the sea and they immediately begin arguing about who is the best giant of all. Despite the wise advice of Finn's wife Oona, they decide the only way to settle their feud is to fight. But to meet, the daft and boastful giants must first build a causeway across the water...

Inspired by Celtic folklore, best-selling Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don weaves a tall tale of rivalry and foolishness that recounts the origins of Northern Ireland's world-famous Giant's Causeway and its connection to Scotland's Isle of Staffa. Emilie Gill's light-hearted, characterful illustrations of the legendary giants will captivate young children.


Praise for The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster:

'With a refreshing new spin on the classic legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Lari Don offers children a tender and inspiring tale.'
-- Scottish Field

'Dreamlike illustrations from Nataša Ilincic match the story perfectly, dark and fascinating against majestic landscapes.'
-- Acorn Books

'Lari Don tells a magical tale that has the cadence and all the earmarks of an ancient myth... The gorgeous illustrations by Nata?a Ilin?i? will carry young readers to the British Isles through enchanting drawings that are filled with charming details.'
-- Manhattan Book Review

Praise for The Legend of the First Unicorn:

'There's plenty of magic, but it's old-style Scottish magic, without any pink glitter, and all the more potent for it... A perfect first foray into folklore for a young reader.'
-- Roaring Reads

'A tale steeped in the tradition of Scottish oral history and full of wonder and magic.'
-- Get Kids Into Books

'Based upon a retelling of Scottish folklore by Lari Don, The Legend of the First Unicorn is beautifully illustrated throughout with museum quality artwork by Nataša Ilincic.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Unlike many other books about unicorns, this one is inspired by a Scottish legend, so it feels authentic and not cheesy like many other books on the subject. Readers who like fantasy, who are drawn to folk tales, or who have Scottish heritage will be especially excited about this book.'
-- Alexandria, Age 8, for Kids Book Buzz

Tall Tale of the Giant's Causeway


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 of more than 20 children’s books for all ages from picture books and…

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Emilie Gill is an American children’s book illustrator. She has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, UK and has been shortlisted for the 2021 World Illustration Awards and was Highly Commended in the 2021 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. The…

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