‘Robert James Muldoon. That’s me. Sixteen years auld wi bright red hair an legs like a chicken’ The Bobby Muldoon Trilogy is set in The Gorbals, Glasgow in 1968. The trilogy is a comedy and follows Bobby’s life as he deals with one life crisis after another. However, Bobby is a Gorbals boy through and through and, despite his lack of confidence, he overcomes every obstacle in his path with sheer determination and a sharp, witty sense of humour. Will Bobby become a confident, successful young man? Or will he go one step further and find…Fame and Fortune in The Gorbals?
Entirely written in Glaswegian Scots or ‘weegie’ as it’s called, books one and two The Wit and Wisdom of Bobby ‘Chicken Legs’ Muldoon and Life and Love in The Gorbals are already published and book three Fame and Fortune in The Gorbals now completes the trilogy. Kate is now working on an adaptation for the stage!
Kate Donne lives in Dollar, Clackmannanshire with her Welsh husband Steve, her dog Brodie, two tractors and eight chickens! Kate runs her own personal development company, and spends her spare time writing.
She graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow with a BA Degree in Dramatic Studies and was awarded The Dorothy Innes Prize, The Arnold Fleming travelling scholarship and The Charles Brooke memorial prize.
Kate has spent many years involved in the arts and has been a professional singer, a director of musical theatre and an actress in many plays and musicals. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and she was shortlisted for The Tarbert Book Festival writing competition 2017 with her short story Frae a Haggis.
This is the third book in the series and they’re all with an entirely in Glaswegian Scots, I thought I might struggle but after a page or so the words just flowed.
This is a great book that focuses on Bobby, the struggles, the worries of a day without phones, gadgets and social media (a better time, so my Mum tells me) I liked seeing Bobbys relationship with his parents and with his girlfriend Jeannie who have all the plans in the world!
It was a quick read which I enjoyed, I did jump into book 3 but don’t feel like I’ve missed too much from the other of you want to jump straight in with this one.
The Trolls have taken over our blog today! But not to worry, even though they are a mischvious bunch they bring you two very fun stories written by Ron Butlin and very amusingly illustrated by James Hutcheson.
Book 1 is Here come THE TROLLS!
Through gaps in the roof we didn’t repair
through cracks in the walls we pretended weren’t there…
…the trolls have come creeping
while we were all sleeping.
Trolls on your chair, trolls in your bed –
is anything worse than a troll on your head?
What happens when your house is invaded by trolls – mischievous creatures who do nothing but cause havoc and mayhem? Find out in this zany and charming book which tells you how to get rid of them for good and make your house a troll-free zone!
Book 2 is Day of THE TROLLS!
It’s the Day of the Trolls: Fart-Fart and all the trolls are back! Join them in the shopping mall where they go wild, causing havoc as they overrun the place. But when they follow sign saying All Trolls – This Way, things turn out very differently to what Flycatcher, Bumscratcher, SnotFace, Squeer and the rest of them expected.
Both books are highly funny! My 3 year old (pictured) chuckled the whole way through both books, especilly with the words FART and SNOT! I found myself chuckling along with her, especilly when the author said that eating drain-slime, slug stew, squid-eyes-on-toast and Rat-on-a-stick was what the Trolls ate, my daughter’s reaction was priceless 🤣
These are fun to read with some great tongue twisters, I did trip myself up a couple of times! But what I love the most about these books is that you also get a FREE downloadable version. This is the first time I have had this with a child’s book, I think it’s a great addition and for the older children that are just starting out reading they can follow along in the book as the narrator reads!
Lily has loved these books, we have to read them both if this is what she has chosen for her bedtime story. She is entertained throughout (She loves the wiggly worms in book 2 and the two random dummies, she asked if those belonged to the Trolls or the worms) these are amongst a few books where she has asked questions about the story or the pictured, I love that these books have engaged her in both ways.
This is definitely a set of books that I will be recommending to my Mummy and Daddy friends.