Cranachan Publishing, May 2020
Illustrations by Darren Gate
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Stay at Home!, edited by Joan Haig and illustrated by Darren Gate, aims to help children reflect on their time in lockdown.
There is something in the anthology for everyone, from the serious to the hilarious, with short stories, flash fiction, poems, letters and diaries (including some in Scots) all giving their take on lockdown life topics such as kitchen haircuts, birthdays, home-schooling, daily exercise, pets, nature, neighbours – and even toilet roll alternatives.
‘This collection contains the work of 40 different contributors, but it still feels like a conversation with one friend who really understands what this lockdown life is like. When so many children are not seeing, or talking to, their peers, that sense of a shared experience is a precious thing indeed.’ – Roaring Reads
‘I think that what people will respond to in this book is that it treats a child’s world with absolute honesty and absolute respect. It’s moving, it’s funny, it’s thought provoking, it’s real. It literally brings you to the level we are all on right now and the illustrations that go with it are simply gorgeous. What the authors and illustrator have created here is special and quite honestly, in my opinion, historical.’ – Stoomio
‘There is everything you could want in this collection. There is funny, there is sad, there is fear, there is hope. It is a testament to our children who have demonstrated imagination, creativity, perseverance and optimism through this period. This is a stunning anthology, a work of absolute perfection that is an important, beautiful and powerful record of this moment in history.’ – Kirsty Crommie, Unicorns and Kelpies