Interview with Video Production


Hello Rattler-teers! Book Week Scotland may be wrapping up, but we’re still hard at work with our market research. Today we had a chance to talk to the creative team behind our series of podcasts: Video Production! Watch to find out how they go about bringing you these lovely interviews.

See you soon,

The Social Media Team

Twitter: @Martin_Rattler
Facebook: @martinrattlerbook

Meet the Martin Rattler Project Manager

Hello Rattler-teers!

Next up in our series of video podcasts is an interview with Claire, who is managing the whole Martin Rattler market research project. Expect insights into project management, the postgraduate publishing experience, and manatees!

See you soon,
Social Media Team

Facebook: @martinrattlerbook
Twitter: @Martin_Rattler

Interview with Social Media Manager

Hello Rattler-teers!

Our video production crew have been busy interviewing each of the team managers to talk about what we’re all up to.

First up is Social Media, and team manager Jenna sat down to chat about our projects and her favourite rainforest animal!

See you soon,
Social Media Team

Facebook: @martinrattlerbook
Twitter: @Martin_Rattler

Hello old Rattler-teers…

…and welcome new explorers!


Martin Rattler and his friends from the Amazon are back, and this time they will help you become an explorer by solving riddles and challenges in a new activity book from Merchiston Publishing. Here you will find books and authors connected to Edinburgh, as well as illustrations and characters from the novel.

MSc Publishing class of ‘16/17 will be visiting local primary schools in connection with Book Week Scotland to see what P6 and P7 think of the activity book. We are really looking forward to hearing children’s attitudes towards reading, and their feedback will contribute to our market research.

The torch has been passed on, and the new Martin Rattler team consists of Social Media, Event Management, Podcast Production and Design groups.

If you would like to follow Martin and his friends, and to see podcasts introducing the teams, we will be posting regular updates on Twitter and Facebook throughout Book Week Scotland and beyond.

See you soon!

Martin Rattler Social Media Team – Ceris, Christina, Jenna and Lauren

Facebook: @martinrattlerbook

Twitter: @Martin_Rattler

Today is Endangered Species Day!

Hello Rattler-teers! Today is Endangered Species Day, a chance to learn all about rare animals across the world. It’s really important to protect these animals and their habitats, or they might not be around for much longer.


Did you know that over half of the world’s animals live in rainforests? With the rapid destruction of the Amazon rainforest, this means there are lots of endangered species struggling to live there. Martin meets a few on his adventures – let’s have a look at some of them!


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Jaguars are beautiful big cats who like to sneak up on their prey and pounce before they even know they’re there! Although they look like leopards, jaguars are slower and smaller, but have a powerful bite. They are also amazing swimmers and strong climbers, often found relaxing up in the trees. Jaguars are endangered because their homes are being destroyed and they have nowhere else to go. Worse, some people hunt them for their spotty fur.



Manatees are sometimes called sea cows because of their size and shape. They live their whole life in water, eating sea plants, and have big flippers to help them swim. They can even stay underwater for up to 14 minutes without coming up for air! Manatees are endangered because people used to hunt them for their meat and thick skin. Although the hunting of manatees was banned in 1974, their habitat is becoming more polluted and they are struggling to survive.


Giant Armadillo (Priodontes maximus) Wild, Pantanal, Brazil

These shy creatures rarely leaves their homes to say hello, despite their size! Giant armadillos are covered in armour-like scales and have scary looking claws on their front paws. When they sense danger, they quickly use their nails to dig a hole and hide! Despite hiding from humans, giant armadillos are endangered because people are destroying their homes for farmland. Humans use their habitat to make raw materials, like sugar cane, which they use instead of oil.


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These tiny orange monkeys are sociable creatures and like to live in big families, sleeping together in dens in the trees. The golden lion tamarin is named after its striking bright mane and likes to eat anything it can, from insects to fruit to lizards! They are in danger of extinction because nearly all of their habitat has been cut down and they don’t have enough space to live. Some people have also captured these cute little monkeys to keep as pets, reducing their numbers significantly in the wild.

Why not celebrate Endangered Species Day by learning what is being done to help these animals live happily and safely in their natural habitat? Find out more about how you can get involved here, and check out what’s happening on Twitter here.

Keep up to date with all of Martin’s adventures in The Adventures of Martin Rattler. Follow us on Twitter @Martin_Rattler and like us on Facebook at MartinRattlerbook.

Meet Dr. Murray Collins… a real life adventurer!

Martin Rattler encounters lots of exciting things throughout his adventures in the Amazon Rainforest…from “wiggly nosed tapirs” to alligators, and even spectacled bears to jaguars! Imagine if you had the chance to explore the rainforest just like Martin did. Well the exciting news is… you can! And if you are lucky enough you might even get paid to do it!


Meet Dr. Murray Collins, a real life adventurer!  He currently works for the University of Edinburgh, and is also the Environmental Scientist in Residence at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). Murray has a love for tropical rain forests, conservation and tries to help protect our amazing planet.

To read about Murray’s experience of exploring the Amazon (and going fishing for piranhas!) keep an eye out for the publication of The Adventures of Martin Rattler. Murray tells us about the mysterious creatures he encounters on his travels, alongside many unknown facts about the Amazon and its inhabitants.


Did you know the Latin name for a pink dolphin is Inia geoffrenis? Don’t worry, I bet Martin doesn’t either!


Keep up to date with all of Martin’s adventures in The Adventures of Martin Rattler. Follow us on Twitter @Martin_Rattler and like us on Facebook at MartinRattlerbook.

Character Profile – Aunt Dorothy Grumbit

Name – Aunt Dorothy Grumbit

Age – Unknown. But she must be very old, she can’t remember herself!

Lives – Ashford

Occupation – Expert knitter

Favourite hobby – Knitting, and looking after her favourite nephew Martin

Favourite outfit – An old-fashioned dress with flowers the size of saucers

Favourite joke  Why is Britain the wettest country? Because the Queen has reigned there for years!

Read all about Aunt Dorothy Grumbit in The Adventures of Martin Rattler. Follow us on Twitter @Martin_Rattler and like us on Facebook at MartinRattlerbook.