Isla & Pickle is a lovely picture book for children aged 2-5. Isla is excited to spot a notice for a Highland Show including a category for ‘The Perfect Pony’. Pickle the pony is perfect to Isla so she decides to enter him in the competition. She will face strong competition though from her friend Rosie and her well-groomed, perfectly behaved pony Belle. Pickle will have to be smartly turned out, graceful and learn how to listen carefully. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, lots can and does go wrong as you might imagine in this cheerful and funny story. Children will enjoy the bright, colourful illustrations and there are lots of details to point out and talk about. The friendship between wee Isla and her pony is clear to see and Pickle’s antics will have young children giggling away and wondering what he will get up to next. Pickle is certainly a pony who is full of character. Whatever the outcome of the competition, Isla knows that you don’t have to be perfect to be a winner!
Isla & Pickle is a delightful book, with eye-catching illustrations and is a lovely portrayal of friendship.
Thanks to Sarah Webster at Floris Books for sending me a copy of the book to review. Isla & Pickle: The Highland Show is available now. You will find it at your usual book retailer or you can buy a copy online here: Isla & Pickle
About the Book
Isla & Pickle: The Highland Show is the second picture book in a new series about a feisty little girl, a cheeky Shetland pony and their adventures. They live on a Scottish island where they get up to all sorts of mischief, led by Pickle the pony, who enjoys escaping from his field and getting very messy! Perfect for any children with a penchant for ponies, this book is full of fun in the great outdoors, with bright, humorous illustrations that are sure to make grown-ups smile and give wee ones the giggles.
About the author
Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker. She trained in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of bestselling picture book There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie and the much-loved My First Scottish board book collection, and has received and been nominated for a range of awards.