Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker. She trained in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of bestselling picture book There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie and the My First Scottish board book collection.
'Bright, colorful illustrations enhance this simple story of friendship.' -- Youth Services Book Review 'Low key, upbeat, cheerful, and just right for those who enjoy a good pony story (or dream of having a horse of their own). Colorful illustrations with plenty of background detail show little Pickle to be the kind of slightly mischievous pony that would make a good pal. Isla, meanwhile, decked out in a cable-knit sweater and plaid boots, is just determined and resourceful enough to deserve him.' -- Randall Enos, Booklist 'The simple narrative and colourful cartoon illustrations give readers context clues to show the evolution and growth of Isla and Pickle's friendship. This is evident through the repeated images of Pickle even when he is not physically present. Pickle can be seen in the photographs Isla collects, a stuffed animal she has, and the clothing she chooses to wear... The illustrations have a childlike and playful quality... Patterns are a focal point throughout this book. Readers' eyes will be drawn to the textures, lines, and curves present in different patterns scattered throughout.' -- School Library Journal Praise for Kate McLelland's illustration: `Kate McLelland's illustrations are bold and bright, simple but with enough to keep the interest and attention of wee bairns!' - Scotsman