Award-winning author James Robertson, editor of the Itchy Coo imprint that publishes books written in modern Scots for children and young people, has translated Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr Fox into The Sleekit Mr Tod.

This latest Scots version of a Roald Dahl classic follows the phenomenal success of the best-selling The Eejits and Geordie’s Mingin Medicine, translations of Dahl’s The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine, which between them have sold more than 25,000 copies.

The combination of the world-famous appeal of Roald Dahl translated into Scots with illustrations by Quentin Blake, is predicted once more to prove popular with a wide audience, from young readers and adults to teachers at school.

Roald Dahl is one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors. He created some of the most memorable and popular books in children’s fiction, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG. James Robertson is the author and editor of numerous popular children’s books written in Scots, including the Katie books, A Moose In The Hoose and King o the Midden.

Aimed at kids aged nine and above, The Sleekit Mr Tod is published by Itchy Coo in paperback, priced at £4.99.

Itchy Coo is an imprint of Black & White Publishing, the independently owned publishing house based in Edinburgh. After an initial grant from the National Lottery in 2002, the Scottish Arts Council has continued to fund Itchy Coo’s book publishing and schools outreach programmes.

ENDS For further information please contact Alison McBride at Black and White Publishing Tel: 0131 625 4500 E: Issued on behalf of Black & White Publishing by Liquorice Media tel 0141 564 8058 Date 7th May 08