Wee MacNessie has been spotted; launch of a new children’s book in 7 languages

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Ablekids Press, an independent Scottish publisher are proud to announce the launch of their new illustrated children’s book “Wee MacNessie” on Saturday 30th June at 2pm, Multicultural Centre, Inverness. We are heading into Nessie spotting season on the banks of Loch Ness and we believe “Wee MacNessie” could help children young and old find our famous creature, sharing some of his likes and dislikes. This picture book is in English and 6 dual language editions: English with Arabic, English/French, English/Mandarin, English/Polish, English/Scottish Gaelic (including a pronunciation guide) and English/Spanish. Drawing on the global appeal of The Loch Ness Monster, Wee MacNessie is an endearing little character which Ablekids Press hope everyone will take to heart and a story which has been written specially with early language-learning in mind.

Local children launched the Wee MacNessie story in ALL the languages and the English was also be signed. It was a lovely opportunity to showcase the language talents of the Highland Capital’s young people. The children, from as young as 6 years old, had been practising hard and were very excited about being centre stage with such an iconic creature.

Wee MacNessie is a reinvention of The Loch Ness Monster who is famous all over the world. Created to appeal to children and adults, this little character takes on human traits and we learn about his likes and dislikes. The humorous watercolour illustrations provide a beautiful snapshot of life around Urquhart Castle – without guaranteed sightings of Wee MacNessie, of course!

Pauline MacKay, author comments “I have always wanted to write a locally inspired book. Having lived on the banks of the famous Loch for many years, our elusive monster seemed an obvious choice. Once I had created the character and written the book, I was inspired to create it in many different languages”. She adds “I chose these 6 additional languages, based on the demand I have for books on my bookselling site. They are very popular here in the UK, with great potential for sales around the world”.

Wee MacNessie is now on sale at many independent book and gift retailers as well as online book shops including Amazon and direct from Ablekids.com

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Ablekids Press
Pauline Mackay, decided after a chance conversation with a marketing consultant, that sharing her stories and educational ideas didn’t need to depend on an existing publishing house seeing the potential in her work so she set up Ablekids Press. Ablekids Press is an independent children’s publisher, with the aim of producing English, Gaelic and bilingual books plus other educational resources for children. Ablekids Press have published three previous books for children - the ‘Fruit Lane’ books and resources in English and Gaelic. Ablekids Press is now looking to develop its range of material and languages on offer as the need for bilingual products increases.

Pauline MacKay – Author
As a children’s bookseller, author and publisher, Inverness-born Pauline Mackay has been fortunate over the last few years to weave together the three things in which she is most interested: languages, books and children.

After a degree in English and French from Glasgow University, a job teaching English as a foreign language in Poland, a crash course in Polish, the rather surreal experience of being taught Russian via Polish, experience in several commercial businesses and many years of motherhood, the opportunity in 2005 to set up Ablekids, her own bookselling business specialising in Gaelic and bilingual books for children, could not be missed.
With family connections to Loch Ness and having lived beside this famous landmark for 17 years, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Loch Ness Monster features in Pauline’s work. Now, with a little story of a world-renowned character, ‘Wee MacNessie’ is ready to say a global ‘Hello!’

Shelley MacKay – Illustrator
With half her life spent in Scotland and half in South Africa, Ayrshire-born Shelley Mackay’s creativity has been fed by two very different cultures.

Having studied for an OND in Art and Design, followed by a BA with Honours in Graphic Design and Jewellery from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Shelley set off to South Africa and immersed herself in that new, vibrant life, finding inspiration in the vivid African colours and wildlife. After working with jewellery – from melting gold to creating the finished article - and in advertising, and having travelled extensively, she returned to the north of Scotland to bring up her two children.

Illustrating children’s books was an ambition harboured since Art School. Creating characters, following through a story and seeing the finished book in print became a reality in 2007 with the publication of ‘Fruit Lane’ by Ablekids Press. In total, Shelley has now illustrated four children’s books for this publisher including ‘Wee MacNessie’.

Shelley also enjoys working with children and has travelled to schools and libraries to demonstrate basic drawing techniques.

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