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Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize for new Scottish children's fiction in 2005. He is the author of another Picture Kelpies, Thistle Street, and two stories for children aged 7 and up, Catscape and Grimm. Mike lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Claire Keay is an artist and illustrator based in Essex in England. Claire has illustrated four previous children's books, including two Picture Kelpies: Thistle Street and The Magic Word. She also illustrates greeting cards and sells her paintings worldwide.

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'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 childresn -- 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. More crucially, we all learnt the Scots for exhausted (wabbit), and cry (greet). Key words for children, parents -- and politicians -- on each side of the Border.' -- The Times

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