Greyfriars Bobby: A Puppy's Tale

Michelle Sloan; Illustrated by Elena Bia

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  • A unique take on the Greyfriars Bobby story which follows the world's most famour dog as a puppy!
  • Elena Bia's delicate, historically detailed illustrations bring the streets and characters of Victorian Edinburgh to life
  • The latest book in the popular Traditional Scottish Tales range
  • Greyfriars Bobby is the most photographed statue in Scotland and a top tourist attraction

Discover how Greyfriars Bobby met his master when he was just an adorable puppy in this unique take on the much-loved story. The original and heartfelt tale is brought to life with gorgeous illustrations featuring the Victorian streets of Edinburgh.

242 x 283 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Tales
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
20 Jun 2019
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales


The heart-warming tale of Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal Skye terrier, is well-known and loved throughout Scotland and the world.

Bobby the lively wee puppy who lives in Edinburgh, has many friends -- local policeman John Gray, the children at Heriot's School and an orphaned boy called Sandy -- but he still longs for a home of his own.

One day, Bobby and Sandy catch a pickpocket and as a reward Sandy is given a new home, but the loyal pup can't go with him. Then Bobby remembers John Gray, the kindly constable...

This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and finding a home is perfect for young dog lovers and visitors to Scotland. Historically detailed illustrations from Elena Bia bring life to a gripping story from author Michelle Sloan. Readers both young and old will be moved by the story of how Bobby became the world's most famous dog.


'The story of the faithful Skye Terrier who sat by his master's grave for many years is widely-known. This sweet book, with many delightful illustrations, tells the story, developing from Bobby's early days to his final resting place near John Gray's grave. This will be a delight for young children, and would be an ideal present.'
-- The Edinburgh Reporter

-- Inverness Courier

'Both the words and pictures of this book bring 19th century Edinburgh and its landmarks vividly to life. It is an affectionate portrait of a much-loved character and would be a perfect gift for fans of Scotland's capital, but it is also a hopeful story about friendship that will appeal to readers of all ages -- whether they have travelled to Greyfriars Kirkyard to lay sticks on Bobby's grave, or not.'
-- Roaring Reads

'Lively illustrations bring the Victorian streets of Edinburgh to life.'
-- OmniLibros


Michelle Sloan was born and brought up in Edinburgh but now lives with her family in sunny Broughty Ferry near Dundee, Scotland. She trained as a primary school teacher and has also studied drama and arts journalism. She is the author of Bookbug-gifted picture book The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee, board book This Bonny Baby and early reader series The Animal Adventure Club.

Elena Bia is an artist and illustrator based in Turin, Italy, where she studied at both the Academy of Art and the International School of Comics. She has illustrated numerous projects and is a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts and Media in Novara, Italy.

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