Isla and Pickle: The Highland Show

Kate McLelland

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Quick Look

  • The second adventure in the Isla and Pickle series by best-selling illustrator of There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie
  • A bright, fun and colourful picture book perfect for pony lovers
  • Isla really wants Pickle to win the Perfect Pony Prize, but mischevious Pickle has other ideas!

Can best friends Isla and Pickle, the adorable miniature Shetland pony, win the Perfect Pony competition at the Highland Show? A new adventure for the cheeky pair. Full of humour and lively illustrations.

230 x 240 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 2 to 5 years
24 pages
Publication date:
21 Jun 2018
Isla and Pickle


Isla and her best friend Pickle, an adorable miniature Shetland pony, can't wait to take part in the Perfect Pony competition at the Highland Show. They practise really hard but when the day of the show finally arrives, cheeky Pickle can't seem to stay out of trouble!

Isla finds Pickle just in time for the competition but the mischievous pony is stinky and covered in cake. They’ll never win the Perfect Pony prize now! But maybe together they’ll discover there's more to life than being perfect.

Wee ones will giggle their way through Isla and Pickle's light-hearted adventures in this second book about a feisty little girl and her lovable Shetland pony who live on a Scottish island.

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie illustrator Kate McLelland brings the lovable pair to life in bright, humorous illustrations.


'It won't surprise you that we are big fans of the Isla & Pickle stories that star a feisty wild ginger-haired little girl and her adorably naughty Shetland pony... This is a delightful story about friendship and enjoying life -- messy or not! The illustrations are delightful and packed full of humour and you are bound to fall in love with little Pickle and his loyal friend Isla. We love it!'
-- BookBairn, book blogger

'Kate McLelland's bright and funny illustrations make this book instantly appealing... A perfect book for fans of horses and ponies that is sweet and full of fun.'
-- Acorn Books, book blogger

'[A] gorgeous story'
-- Delightful Book Reviews, book blogger

'Pickle is such an adorable character and we love the way that so much of the humour in the story comes from Kate's fabulous illustrations. Isla and Pickle are characters that children will easily identify with and they share a strong bond. Isla & Pickle: The Highland Show also introduced my daughter to the concept of highland games and gave us a flavour of Scottish life -- we'd love to have tartan wellies like Isla!'
-- Story Snug, book blogger

'[A] lovely picture book for children... 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.'
-- Portobello Book Blog, book blogger


Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker who studied at Edinburgh College of Art. She is also the illustrator of Hello Scottish Animals, There's a Hole in my Bagpipes, Wee Hamish, Wee Hamish and bestselling picture book There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie. Kate lives near Edinburgh with her husband, two children and a puppy.

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