Early in 2014 we were approached by one of our regular customers with an interesting proposition.  

She is a writer and illustrator and thought it would be a great idea to develop a children's character based on a chilli.  We immediately loved the idea and so the journey began.

Our involvement was very limited, however trying to keep such an exciting project quiet was difficult and we couldn't wait to see the results.

It took over six months for Shalla Gray to complete the book and finally we are delighted to announce it to the world.

The Galloway Chilli, by Shalla Gray

The Galloway Chilli, by Shalla Gray

"Meet the Galloway Chilli. She's fearless and feisty; and she definitely does not want to be eaten by the farmer, the cat, the dog and the cow; who all want her for their tear!"

 

We caught up with Shalla recently to talk about the book.  Shall tells us:

I realised there were no chilli products aimed at children. The story came to me really easily but it took 6 months to illustrate as I did it at the same time as illustrating Big Bills Beltie Bairns.

The target audience for the book is 1-7, but older kids might like to read it themselves as it is in comic format with speech bubbles and frames. It is great fun to read aloud though!

It would be amazing to develop the character further, however Shalla is in great demand and it may take some time for another book.  She has however hinted that our little chilli may make a cameo appearance in other books :-)

The book is priced at £7 and available via Curly Tale Books, various good book stores, and often at events we attend. Alternatively you may purchase the book via our online shop.

Never thought Sheena at GC would make it into a book!

Never thought Sheena at GC would make it into a book!

 

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