Scottish Legends, Red Book with Blue Dragon
Scottish Legends, Red Book with Blue Dragon

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends | Ages 6 to 106 years

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Dark dragons, ghostly pipers, rude goblins and sly wizards--discover the legends that dwell within the ancient castles of Scotland.

This highly anticipated book is the latest volume of much-loved Scottish tale treasuries by Carnegie-award-winning children's author Theresa Breslin and Kate Greenaway Medal-longlisted artist Kate Leiper.

Explore secret passages beneath Edinburgh Castle, search for the mysterious monster of Glamis, capture the faery flag of Dunvegan, joust with knights at Stirling Castle and swim with the selkie of Eilean Donan in this sumptuous collection of tales from iconic Scottish castles. Read much-cherished and little-known legends, each illuminating the character and history of its castle, all brilliantly retold and beautifully illustrated to amuse, thrill and enchant.

A wonderful gift, this is a stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime, bringing history, place and story alive for children, parents and grandparents alike.

Table of Contents

The Ghostly Piper of Edinburgh Castle
The Mysterious Monster in the Castle of Glamis
The Redcap Goblin of Caerlaverock Castle
The Faery Flag of Dunvegan Castle
The Wizard of Stirling Castle
Doe Not Vaken Sleiping Dogs (Craigievar Castle)
The King’s Three Questions (Moot Hill and Scone)
The True Story of the Loch Ness Monster... (Castle Urquhart)
Meg with the Muckle Mouth (Elibank Castle and Abbotsford)
The Selkie Girl and the Otter King (Eilean Donan Castle)
Tale End (Bothwell Castle)
Glossary

 

DETAILS

  • Written by Theresa Breslin and illustrated by Kate Leiper 
  • Published by Floris Books, Edinburgh, Scotland; October 15, 2019.
  • Ages 6-106 years!
  • 1.0" x 11.0"x 8.7" (2.45 lbs) 176 pages
  • Hardcover

 

Praise for An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castles

The book's elegant design enhances the reading experience, while the artwork creates strong, enduring images of the people and creatures in the stories. Created primarily with chalk pastels and enhanced with ink and acrylic paint, the illustrations create scenes with unusual clarity, beauty, and mystery... In a time when few new books of legends are published for children, it's a pleasure to find such a beautiful collection of riveting stories.'
-- Booklist

'A map of Scotland with images of the castles appears at the beginning of the book, followed by 11 tales, fluidly told and stunningly illustrated in a large format. The artwork is done in acrylic and ink with pastel on paper and adds detail and visual interest to propel readers forward. This handsome volume will be an appealing addition to libraries as both source material for programs and for individuals to read and share.'
-- School Library Journal

'An exciting collection of deliciously spooky legends associated with no fewer than thirteen ancient Scottish castles... [It] unfolds with luscious authentic illustrations and is told in delightful traditional style... A beautiful children's classic that will cause readers to dream hopefully of visiting all the mystical castles and sites in Scotland associated with these magical tales.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Each tale is beautifully illustrated with drawings on every page done in chalk pastel on paper with occasional use of ink and acrylic paint... The tales are absolutely fascinating including dragons, Monsters (Loch Ness), Selkies, Goblins, Faeries and more. A brief history of each castle is provided before the tale providing an enriching background...'
-- Youth Services Book Review