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  • Published: 1 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849410854
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Katie Morag and the Dancing Class

A brand new adventure starring the inimitable Katie Morag McColl!

Everyone is excited about the new ballet and tap classes. Everyone, that is, except Katie Morag! But the two grandmothers have decided – she will go to ballet and she will wear a frilly skirt! What is Katie Morag going to do?

  • Pub date: 1 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849410854
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Mairi Hedderwick

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Hedderwick was a teacher before she started illustrating children’s books. As an author and illustrator her most popular character, Katie Morag, was created in 1984.

Katie Morag’s home on the fictional Hebridean island of Struay is not a million sea miles away from her author’s life long association with the Isle of Coll.

In 2013 Katie Morag joined Cbeebies with the successful TV series produced by Move On Up / Struay Films.

Mairi Hedderwick has also written and illustrated many other books for children and adults, all with the backdrop of the Highlands and Islands. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Stirling University in 2003 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to writing and illustration in Scotland, especially for children.

Her illustrated adult books are An Eye on the Hebrides, which is a record of a six month continous journey through the islands on the west of Scotland. Highland Journey, follows the footsteps of Victorian writer and artist John T Reid; Sea Change, logs the passage of 26ft vintage yacht Anassa from east to west coast Scotland via the Caledonian canal; Shetland Rambles, her latest illustrated personal journey is in tandem with John T Reid once more. The Last Laird of Coll is a memoir of Kenneth Stewart, last laird of Coll.

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Praise for Katie Morag and the Dancing Class

“A new adventure packed with Hedderwick's customary clever narrative twists and humorous details.”

The Glasgow Herald

“Hedderwick's soft-wash illustrations capture the timeless space and beauty of the island and contemporary bustle of its population.”

Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

“As always Hedderwick's soft-toned watercolours are full of atmosphere and humorous detail.”

The Scotsman

“Short review”

Burnley Express

“a lovely story just begging to be read out loud”

South Wales Argus

“Short review”

Newbury Weekly News

“We enjoyed this lovely book. The pictures are lovely and busy so its nice to be able to talk about the island and what's going on outside of the story itself. 5/5”


“Delightfully original character, setting, and story.”

Frances Perkins, bournemouthecho.co.uk


The South Wales Argus

“One of my favourite books of the last year”

Angels and Urchins

“This appealing story with its charming and evocative illustrations is sure to delight a new generation of young readers.”

The Scotsman

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