„The legend of Conner MacSheep“ tells with an ironic wink the story of a very manlike sheep and its herd in the Scottish Highlands. Despite a sinister omen at his birth, he has a joyful childhood. As a teenager he proves himself at the annual Highland Sheep Games and falls in love.
But then the much-feared prophecy fulfills itself…
The story takes the reader into the miraculous world of the Scottish Highlands with its traditions, legends and adorable animal and human inhabitants. It is written for teenagers and adults who like it tense but also humorous.
Adults and young persons from age 16 years on
Author and Illustrator: Elfi Schöniger
Translator: Andrew Catford
Paperback: 12 x 19 cm
116 pages with ten full-page illustrations and several graphics, as well as six tasty Scottish recipes.
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand, Norderstedt
Book review by D.Shaw at Amazon.Co.UK: *****
„This heartwarming story tells of Conner and his clan of lovable sheep who live in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is, in the best sense, a daft wee tale, with lots of nods to Highland and Gaelic legends and customs.
Conner is born with a magical aura on the night of a full moon, as the other sheep gather round to foretell great things for this striking new lamb. Suspend disbelief from then on! For this is just a lovely story, where you will quickly come to believe in sheep taking part in Highland games, sheep wearing kilts, sheep enjoying a dram of whisky and falling in love, gossiping, and generally getting up to mischief.
Conner grows up a bold and adventurous sheep, and takes to making expeditions by night into the romantic villages of Bettyhill or Ullapool. He finds he has a sweet tooth and gorges on cranachan and other tasty Highland delights after wandering into deserted kitchens. His girlfriend Abbie accompanies him on one night-time adventure when Conner nearly comes unstuck.
This simple story, full of charm and nonsense and fun, actually evokes the true wonder of the remote Highlands rather well, and the author’s love for everything Highland shines through. She even includes recipes for some of Conner’s favourite Scottish treats at the end. The story was originally published in German and is now well translated into English.
The ending is suitably mystical! Warmly recommended for young and old.“