Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes

Alan Dapré; Illustrated by Yuliya Somina

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  • Packed with hilarious twists and fun wordplay, all with a cat's-eye view of a zany Scottish family
  • Filled with 40 lively black & white illustrations of Porridge's adventures
  • New series for young readers that will have them laughing out loud - alongside their adults

Porridge the Tartan Cat (it's a long story involving a tin of tartan paint!) has discovered Grandad is a secret spy -- and he needs help from Porridge and the twins Isla and Ross to defeat his archenemy Fergus McFungus.

197 x 158 mm
Floris Books
Young Kelpies
40 b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 7 to 10 years
152 pages
Publication date:
16 Feb 2017
Young Kelpies


When Porridge was a wee kitten he toppled into a tin of tartan paint -- which is easy to do and not so easy to say.

Now he lives by Loch Loch with the quirky McFun family: Gadget Grandad, Groovy Gran, Dino Dad, Mini Mum and the twins, Roaring Ross and Invisible Isla. Everyone has a super secret -- or two-- and Porridge is always there to lend a helping paw when things go awry. If there's a fishy biscuit in it for him...

And things do often go awry in the McFun family. It's a good job Porridge has nine lives!


Porridge the Tartan Cat (it's a long story involving a tin of tartan paint!) has discovered Gadget Grandad is not your average snoringly boring grandad after all! He's a super-duper secret spy -- and he needs help from Porridge (the cat, not the gloopy breakfast) and the twins Isla and Ross to defeat his arch enemy Fergus McFungus.

McFungus has stolen the secret secret recipe for disaster. Can Porridge and the twins help their shark-surfing, shed-racing, space travelling grandad stop him and save the world? Maybe with the help of some brawsome bagpipes...


In this zany new series for young readers, Porridge purrfectly CAT-a-logs the family's hilarious adventures from a cat's-eye perspective. With wacky twists, silly word play and meow-nificent illustrations in every chapter, readers won't even want to paws for breath.


'A lively mix of splendidly surreal comedy and madcap action […] cleverly designed to grab youngsters’ attention from the start and keep them hooked to the final page'
-- Teachwire

"Very funny, with loads of illustrations"
-- Suffolk Libraries

'Looking for a decidedly Scottish flavoured book that is very VERY funny, and not at all chocolate-boxy, but rather feels much more genuine (even though at the same time it is completely outrageous!)? Well I've just giggled my way through a rather surprising read - Porridge The Tartan Cat and the Brawsome bagpipes by Alan Dapre.
If you like crazy word play, cheeky narrators, off-beat adventures and distinctive settings this could be just what you're looking for. I chuckled a great deal following the utterly bonkers series of events as one (Scottish) Grandpa and his grandkids, and their naughty but ultimately lovable tartan cat do all they can to save the world (and Scotland) from a very sticky end. The zany inventions of Gadget Grandpa will no doubt spark equally outrageous (and brilliant) ideas in the minds of young readers, and the lively approach to text and language (puns and plays on typesetting abound) all make for a riotous read. With plenty of bagpipes, Scots words and phrases, a possible sighting of what we've always believed to be the Loch Ness monster and a rather large helping of a very wonderful Scottish pudding, this first book in the Porridge the Tartan Cat series definitely works brilliantly for those further from Scotland than they wish they were. Much as I adore Katie Morag, and have done my time with Balamory, if you want something a little spunkier by way of a giggle inducing and gloriously silly Scottish story, do track down Porridge the Tartan Cat.'
-- Playing by the Book


Alan Dapré is the author of more than fifty books for children. He has also written over one hundred television scripts, transmitted in the UK and around the world. His plays have been on BBC Radio 4 and published for use in schools worldwide.

Yuliya Somina is an award winning illustrator from Moscow. She graduated from the Moscow State Art College with a degree in fine arts and began her career in animation. Yuliya has illustrated many books including Michael Rosen's I Never Know How Poems Start and Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. She currently lives in Middlesex, England.


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