Skye the Puffling

A Baby Puffin's Adventure

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Jon Mitchell

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Quick Look

  • The adorable sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero
  • Set in Scotland around the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May, North Berwick and the Bass Rock
  • A charming coming-of-age story written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, accompanied by Jon Mitchell's dynamic watercolour illustrations

Skye, a cheeky baby puffin, finds herself on an unexpected adventure in Scotland's Firth of Forth. This sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero is written in Lynne Rickards' signature humorous rhyme with adorable watercolour illustrations.

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
17 Mar 2016
Picture Kelpies


One morning Skye, a cheeky baby puffin with an appetite for adventure, sneaks out of her parents' burrow, tumbles off the cliff edge and accidentally lands on a passing gannet's back!

Skye's thrilling journey takes her around the Firth of Forth and finds her in a few tricky situations -- a perilous piggy-back ride, an icy dip in the sea and a host of Scottish bird life.

Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming coming-of-age story features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish sealife and a very cute puffling!

The adorable sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero is set in Scotland around the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May, North Berwick and the Bass Rock.


'A nicely told adventure story for children up to the age of four or five.'
-- BBC Wildlife Magazine

'I am particularly fond of the area of Scotland surrounding the Bass Rock and thought that Jon Mitchell's watercolour illustrations really did it justice, but it is in his portrayal of Scottish sea life that these delightful illustrations really stand out. I particularly liked the attention to detail given to gannets, and Skye is just adorable!'
--School Library Association

'This is a sweet picture book, especially for children who love puffins and birds.'
--Youth Services Book Review

'what could be better than one of Lynne Rickard's masterpieces.'
-- Taran Baker, Sandstone Press


Lynne Rickards was born in Canada and has called Scotland home for over twenty years. She grew up reading Dr Seuss books and as a result she enjoys writing in rhyme. Lynne is the author of many much-loved picture books including Lewis Clowns Around, Harris the Hero, Rowan the Red Squirrel and Willow the Wildcat. Lynne lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jon Mitchell graduated with a BA Hons in Graphic Design from Wolverhampton Polytechnic. He worked as an architectural illustrator before joining Ragdoll Productions, where he illustrated TV characters such as the Teletubbies and Rosie and Jim. Jon has been working as a freelance illustrator for the last fifteen years and has illustrated numerous children's books including Flat Stanley. He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.


Skye the Puffling is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.

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