Book No. 1 - Introducing The Colonel

Price: £5.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-0-2
Printed by Astute

The first in a series of illustrated short stories for young readers set in the heart of the Scottish Countryside. The Colonel is a handsome cock pheasant. Appointed as leader by his band of faithful followers, he presides over his Scottish 'kingdom' inhabited by many other memorable creatures such as Rosie Red Squirrel, Osbert Owl, Rackety Rook, Huffy Hedgehog and...Fin the Fox. The Colonel may be the leader but sometimes even leaders can get into trouble!

The Colonel listened to the low rumblings coming from his tummy. There was very little food about and what there was, was frozen solid to the ground. His beak hurt from pecking at the concrete surface.

'I don't know about you, MacPherson,' he said, turning to his friend, a scrawny looking creature who certainly looked in need of a square meal, 'but I can't survive another day without food.'

An extract from 'Introducing The Colonel'




Book No. 2 - The Colonel and Rosie

Price: £5.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-1-9
Printed by Astute

The Colonel is back and this time, Rosie Red Squirrel needs his urgent help. The enemy has broken through the lines into Beech Wood and Rosie is terrified he'll take over her home. Can The Colonel and his friends save her in time?

'Come on Rosie, what's the holdup?' demanded The Colonel, striding back to where she stood, ear tufts twitching, whiskers trembling. 'No need to worry, my girl. The Colonel's here. He'll protect you.'

But Rosie wasn't listening to The Colonel's kind words. Instead she was heading for the nearest tree trunk in a scamper of confusion.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Rosie'




Book No. 3 - The Colonel and Fin

Price: £8.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustration and audio CD
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-2-6
Printed by Astute

The snow has come late to Beech Wood and all the animals are hungry. Fin the Fox is desperate to feed his cubs. And a desperate fox will use desperate measures. Watch out, Colonel!

Meanwhile, after a cold frustrating night, Fin the Fox had been forced to return to the den with little more than a few scraps for his family. His missus had been none too pleased.

'How am I supposed to keep up my strength on this?' she demanded, pointing to the pitifully small pile of nibbles. 'You wouldn't feed that to a mouse, never mind a vixen like me,' she snapped.

Fin's head drooped in shame as he crawled back out the cosy den and into the empty morning chill.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Fin'


Listen to an excerpt from 'The Colonel and Fin'...




Book No. 4 - The Colonel and Osbert

Price: £6.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560-3-3
Printed by Astute

Osbert Owl is desperate. There's no sleep and no peace from other animals asking his advice. He's fed up being wise but what to do? The Colonel, of course, has a solution. But will it work?

Osbert sat high up on a branch of Grandfather Beech and sniffed quietly. He was not a happy owl. He couldn't get a minute's sleep. All day there had been a steady stream of visitors who came to ask his advice. They came because Osbert was known throughout Beech Wood and beyond as a very wise creature. But he was fed up being wise. It brought him nothing but trouble and sleepless days. He was exhausted. Something just had to be done.

From his perch, Osbert watched the sun setting over Blair Field. It spread its rosy glow along the horizon, then sank in a blaze of colour. The days were getting shorter and autumn would soon chill the air. By then he would be cold, tired and hungry. It was time to act.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Osbert'




Book No. 5 - The colonel and Huffy

Price: £6.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-4-0
Printed by Astute

Huffy is a very unhappy wee hedgehog. She's had to leave her home and friends behind to move to Beech Wood. The Colonel is determined to cheer her up but Huffy is just as determined to be miserable . . . until timid Donny comes up with a surprising idea.

After a great deal of sweet-talking from The Colonel, Huffy was finally coaxed out of hiding.

'We've realised you've not been feeling yourself since you moved to Beech Wood,' Angus began, 'so we thought we'd like to cheer you with a heartwarming makeover. Free of charge, of course.'

'A heart-warming whit?' sniffed Huffy.

Angus plunged his wing tip into the bag and, after a brief dramatic pause, pulled out the first item, a shimmer of spangles and beads.

'Whit in the name o' the wee man, is THAT?' demanded Huffy, throwing her head back in horror. Her Paisley-patterned scarf slipped down over one eye, exposing two lethal-looking spine-straighteners.

'That,' said Angus, unfolding the glittering material, 'is the very latest in head fashion.'

'Well, it's no for the likes o' me, thank you very much. If ma scarf wis good enough for Glasgow's east End, it's good enough for Beech Wood,' said Huffy, turning to go.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Huffy'




Book No. 6 - The Colonel and Rackety

Price: £6.99

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-5-7
Printed by Astute

It’s nesting time for Rackety and the rest of the rooks from Beech Wood. But the Colonel and his pals can’t stand the noise. Something has to be done to quieten this noisy nursery. The Colonel has an ingenious plan. But will it work?

Smack! Suddenly the Colonel felt himself being catapulted along the ground in a blur of sky and sun. A clamour of ear-piercing caws filled the air. Rackety Rook and his pals had arrived back at Beech Wood.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Rackety'