Wigtown publisher commissions new children's book from Voice of the Tattoo

When a hungry kitten follows some soldiers in the hope of picking up a few scraps of food the adventure takes an unexpected twist – all the way to the castle in Scotland’s capital city.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 10:47 am
Updated Monday, 6th September 2021, 10:48 am
The Castle Cat by Alasdair Hutton

The charming children’s story has been written by Alasdair Hutton who has been the ‘Voice’ of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for 30 years.

Alasdair has again joined forces with artist William Gorman, having previously worked with on a book about Dandie Dinmont terriers called Mustard & Pepper, and Wigtown publisher Jayne Baldwin, this time with her company Foggie Toddle Books.

He said: “I hope children will enjoy reading a simple story set in a place they might recognise.

"Called The Castle Cat, the tale tells of a character who first appeared in my book The Tattoo Fox.

"The kitten was adopted by soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland while out on exercise and taken to live with them in Edinburgh Castle.”

Jayne, who runs a bookshop in North Main Street, added: “When I read Alasdair’s Tattoo Fox books I realised there was a story to be told about the Castle Cat and commissioned him to create what I hope will be a series.

"As a fan of the work of William Gorman I was delighted when he came on board as the illustrator.”

The 24-page picture book features many recognisable aspects of Edinburgh Castle including the One o’clock gun and the Half Moon Battery and is available for £7.99 from independent bookshops or directly by visiting www.foggietoddlebooks.co.uk