Wyrzog the Book Wyrm

Wyrzog is a feisty Book Wyrm that lurks in my bookshelves and slithers about my many piles of much-loved books. She has an annoying habit of eating bookmarks, but will hiss and snap if I even consider dog-earring a page.

Wyrzog the Book Wyrm

Wyrzog is surprisingly open to contentious grammar and the odd typo: she have seen humans change their language over thousands of years, and admires it all. Wyrms love stories, big or small. They love books with illustrations, illuminations and those with beautiful maps folded within.

‘Wyrm’ – a species of dragon with no legs or wings. The most famous kind of wyrm are sea-serpents, like Orkney’s very own Mester Stoorworm, but not all are ocean-dwelling creatures.

Wyrzog tends to hoard books with strong, female characters and prefers non-traditional fairytales where the princess and dragons live happily ever after. She has an insatiable appetite for literature but, despite how excited she gets about a book, she will never, ever give away a plot ending. Those who do will find their toes nibbled.

Zog the (very handsome) orange dragon is her personal hero.

A Wild Unicorn

Shh! Don’t startle this shy creature. For though this wee wild unicorn tiptoes through the wilderness as quietly as can be, it too can be fierce and feisty.

With cloven hooves, a wiggly beard and long lush lion’s tail, this is far from your domesticated unicorn. A beautifully rare beast of Scotland, these unicorns love to roam forests, nibble flowers and occasionally give chase to a hairy haggis!

An illustration of a wild unicorn foal

A very few well guarded wild unicorns do roam the islands of Orkney…

I was lucky to spot this foal, just on the cusp of adulthood, silently sipping from a loch. Perhaps for safety, or simply for the magic of it, wild unicorns are most active at dawn and dusk. The latter is known locally as grimleens, and is truly an enchanted time of day for humans and faeries alike.

Grimleens: Orcadian dialect for twilight, dusk, the magical moment between day and night.

Head to where the four-leaf clover springs up from the ground, where there’s a soft tinkling in the breeze, where rainbows bloom in the sky…

And if you are quiet, patient and granted a large dose of luck, you may be able to spot a wild unicorn too!

Please note: Do not follow directions from local trows, they’ll send you on a wild unicorn race. This usually involves the dizzying heights of Hoy, a boggart attack at Birsay and a possible drowning in Stenness loch. It’s not fun.

Hoarding Haggis Activity

This haggis likes to hoard – what weird and wonderfuss stuff does it collect?

Tartan underpants? Unicorn magnets? Mouldy old Scotch eggs maybe?

Doodle some fantastic things – from fidget spinners to buttercups – that this haggis has been gathering. It might be busy sneaking something from right under your nose!

Talking of noses… haggis like to show off their collection by balancing their favourite things on their snouts! Draw the bestest thing in this collection on the very tip of its snouty-nose!

Top Tip: Haggis are usually gingery-brown. So get some orange and brown pencils to colour your haggis in!

Note: This haggis is the Fierce Orkney kind, instead of the longer-sleeker-haired Braw Haggis of the Highlands.

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some hoarding haggis stuff!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times.  Snout raspberries to all!

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Ellen x

Mermaid Top and Tail Activity

What kind of mermaid will you doodle?

A mercat? A dinomaid? Or maybe a Deep-Water-Kelp-Breath mermaid with long seaweed hair who likes to slurp up limpets? Yuck!

Design your very own mermaid top using the slippery-swishy tail. You can draw inspiration from animals and magical creatures – from rhinos to vampires – to create your own unique creature.

Or simply doodle the top half of a friend or family member onto the tail to magic them into a mermaid! Just don’t forget the clam bra!

Top Tip: If your mermaid has hands, remember to give them bubble-icious webbed fingers!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get colouring some fantastic mer-creatures!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times.  Bubble kisses to all!

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Mester Stoorworm Activity

Watch out – this Mester Stoorworm is an extra giant sort of dragon that likes to gobble a human or two!

But what colour is it? Does it have slippery scales or slithery stripes or bright red danger spots?

Colour and doodle magical patterns or dragon-tastic designs on this dastardly Mester Stoorworm… just make sure you don’t become dragon lunch!

You can also try draw your own squiggly stoorworms – all you need are sharp teeth and a pointy tail!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get colouring some scary Mester Stoorworms!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. 

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Selkie Song Activity

What do selkies sing about deep under the ocean waves?

Seashells? Seagulls? Sea serpents!?

Name your selkie and doodle what you think would make a magical selkie song… Maybe she loves fish and chips or playing with dolphins or blowing bubbles up a basking sharks bum! Naughty!

Top Tip: You can draw swirly musical spirals or jazzy zigzags or maybe even a jiggedly fiddle to make your song more magical!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some magical selkie music!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. 

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Doodle Monster Activity 2

I’ve got some more Doodle Monsters for you to get scribbling on!

These mini monsters need a magic wand – or a pencil – to make them magnificently monstrous! Doodle a new ginormous nose, sharp go-faster spikes, two big twitchy ears and some flappity-flap wings to whizz around the clouds!

When you’re finished, you can also create your own mish-mash monster full of squiggly legs, googly eyes, gnashing teeth, and squiggly claws!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling them mini monsters!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. 

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Book Imp Activity

Hands up who loves to read… This tiny book imp sure does! Book imps love magicking books, even impossible books, and sniffing that bookish smell! (Bit odd.)

What is your book imp called? He or she wants you to dream up what your perfect book would be and doodle a brilliant book cover!

Here are a few ideas of titles:

  • Luna Lovegood’s Secret Diary
  • Is There Really A Monster Under Your Bed?
  • Hiccup’s Guide to Dragon Dentistry
  • The Hobbit’s Recipe Book of Second Breakfasts
  • The Unicorn Who Couldn’t Sing

Ah, poor little unicorn. If you’re little yourself, you can get an adult to help you with the words.

Or, if you have a top favourite book that’s pretty perfect already, you can copy its design or create a brand new cover for it. The possibilities are endless!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some storytime delights!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending you all some cosy, bookish vibes! 

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Witch Bottle Activity

What weird and wonderfuss stuff would you find in a witch’s bottle?

Eyeballs for potions? Newt tails for breakfast? The tears of naughty children for a cauldron-carrot-cake recipe? Whether it be ghost farts or demon giggles, doodle something you would capture and keep for a magic spell or ghastly witching brew.

Top Tip: Witches can squeeeeeeeze almost anything inside a witchy bottle – the only limit is your imagination!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some weird, gross and fun magic ingredients!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending you all some powerful, good witchy magic!

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Colourful Unicorn Activity

It’s magical, majestic unicorn time!

You’ll need every colouring pencil, crayon, felt tip and gel pen in the house!

Doodle tiny decorations – like shooting stars and lightning bolts – and then colour them in. Or your unicorn could simply be stripy or spotty or maybe zigzagged like a zebracorn! All you need to do is think all the colours of the rainbow and then some!

You’ll also need to dream up a sparkling unicorn name and, if you can stomach it, doodle some weird unicorn poo! Unicorn poo like jelly beans, cupcakes, pongy rainbow puffs! Ew!

Download and print the free PDF Activity Sheet above to decorate this fierce and fantabulous unicorn!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending sparkling rainbow puffs to you all!

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Ellen x