'An honour to have Aesop coming out in Scots. He'd be pleased too!'
Michael Morpurgo


The Itchy Coo Book o Aesop's Fables in Scots

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Aesop's Fables are a fundamental building-block of world literature and 2022, Scotland's Year of Stories, is the perfect time to publish a collection of these wise, funny and thought-provoking tales from around 2,500 years ago.

The fables are firmly rooted in the natural world and feature animals as their main characters, but the life lessons they illustrate are human ones and timeless in their relevance. Young readers at home and at school will love to read or hear these 21 tales, presented in a variety of Scots dialects by leading Scottish authors. The familiarity of fables such as 'The Lion and the Mouse', 'The Hare and the Tortoise' and, 'The Dog in the Manger' will help new Scots readers to learn and enjoy Scots words as they read.

Here are twenty-one of Aesop's best-loved fables, translated into Scots by Sanjeev Kohli, Elaine C. Smith, Kathleen Jamie, Liam McIlvanney and others.

Featuring glowing illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, and translated from Michael Morpurgo's lively retellings, these timeless fables are now shared in Scots for the first time.