Scotland has many strange and supernatural creatures hiding in its glens and lochs. We know about Nessie, but what about the Nucklevee or the Wulver? Perhaps you have heard of Thomas the Rhymer or seen the Giants’ Causeway? They exist, indeed they do – and here are the stories.
In this companion volume to their Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper tell the stories around real places – the stories of the landscape, the islands, highlands and lowlands. It is this connection that gives each of the stories and their imaginative retellings real resonance. If it is Breslin’s words that open the door, snagging our attention – and the device of floating phrases, sentences, words against soft coloured backgrounds as each story opens, serves to emphasise the power of the storyteller – it is Leiper’s glowing illustrations that bring them to life, enchanting the eye, adding intriguing details, enticing the reader to turn the page. This is another stunning selection that deserves to be in every library or as a gift to be read or listened to again and again.