Canadian piper, writer and composer Michael Grey has published a review of the new children’s book published by Piping Press….
I picked up the new children’s book, Young MacCrimmon and the Silver Chanter as a Christmas present for a (lucky) kid on my list.
It’s a rare book that doesn’t gift its reader some new insight or bit of knowledge.
I was reminded that the late Broderick stood as a great Scottish tradition bearer and found piper-solo-piping-judge, Matheson, to be an outstanding illustrator – and so, an artist beyond his piping.
The book reshapes the story of a young piper – that would be young MacCrimmon – bewitched by a fairy and given great musical powers.
Like almost all good things, the fairy’s gift is conditional and therein lies the heart of the story. It’s a good one.
Wallace has deftly added much to the bones of Mick’s story, one Broderick apparently heard first from his granny in County Antrim.
There’s a great playfulness to the story laid out here, with a fun cartoon eavesdropping artistic device, ‘Mischief Maisie’, who bleats one-liners from the corner of nearly every page turned (‘stop cryin’ ya big baby’).
The book is especially tailored to young primary school-aged kids.
There’s even a quiz at the end of the story to test short attention spans. I managed a solid-ish 6 out of 10.
As a story set in Scotland about a legendary piper who eats haggis and goes to battle with his clan chief you’d have to say the book ticks all the boxes as a new Scottish children’s classic.
Not just that, a great new staple for the High Street tourist shops.
I suggest rather than softcover a hard, perfect bound production run for future editions.
- Check out the author’s website here.