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A Wee Book O Fairy Tales in Scots (Itchy Coo)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2009
This is a delightful little story book, written in the most broad Scottish dialect, using Scottish idioms & vocabulary to make it an unexpectedly amusing read - but it has to be read in a Scots accent!
Something for children & adults, & because the stories are so well know then even non-Scots speakers should understand all the wee quips.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a brilliant book to read to children who are already familar with the traditional version of the fairy tale. It makes them laugh, appreciate their own dialect and the language discussions (opinions, comparing, sequencing, plot, character profiles etc) become animated and very useful. Who would have thought that a class of ten year olds would love listening to fairy tales?

Seriously Silly Stories is another book along this line....with stories such as Snow white and the Seven Aliens and Little Red Riding Wolf to name but two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2011
This book is a must for Scottish parents.
Keep the language alive
It's hilarious too.
It takes a bit of concentration to begin with but it is so worth it.
I read one tale to a group of children and they were so facinated by it they wanted me to read the whole book imediately. I have never seen them sit so still at story time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2012
Fabulous - how fairy tales should be read. We loved it. What was great was not just the scots language- but the idiom, and the humour. Irrverant retellings, downright rude poems! The ehymes work brilliantly in the dialect, and the little ones get it completely, even if not used to the dialect. "Cinderlly Cinderelly, lugs like an umberellae. She so ugly, she so hackit, tek wan look and the mirror crackit" sing the ugly sisters. But the retort comes back " The awffy truth was, that even though she had slatherins of makeup, Hinkyhellydoo still looked like a Cuddy. And the even mair awffy truth was that Bumbledina looked like the same cuddy's backside". What is more, much of the sinister plots and gender bias of the old stories have been given a light makeover- not just "PC bandwagon stuf". Love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 February 2013
This is a new take on the traditional stories that all children love. The children thought these very funny the words and it added a new dimension to the stories. The children said that some of the words were what their grandparents said or people they knew. This book is just the right size for children and the pictures are bright and cheerful. This is a book I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
we saw this book and it is just so good in the scots language. very funny and we couldnt' stop laughing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2013
Got this book for a topic I was doing in the nursery, just a little old for some of the children but I loved it as did some other staff in the school. Love the language and the other wording, would recommend it for other Scots and others if they can understand the language!!! lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2014
I bought a few books in "scots" for the grandchildren as they are learning Scottish words at school .They think it is brilliant and funny and we were sore laughing but if your not Scottish not sure you would "get it"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2012
I'm a Londoner but my husband and baby daughter are Scottish and as we prepare to move back to London, I wanted us to keep these links with the 'Fatherland'! This book's a delight not only for our baby who listens avidly, possibly enjoying the rhyming and rhythmn of the words but also for us adults - we've had great fun just enjoying the humorous little twists to the traditional tales! And what fantastic value for money - definitely buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
This was for my English grandson & he loves to recite the stories to me. Wish it had been around when my lot were young - hilarious.
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