It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2022 and I am delighted to be sharing six reimagined fairy tale books as well as hosting an EPIC giveaway bundle.
Snowy White by Gareth P. Jones and Loretta Schauer
From the creators of Rabunzel and Cindergorilla comes another twisted fairytale – this time of the beloved classic Snow White.
Every night, Kingsley asks his “crystal ball” on the wall who is the finest cat of all, and every night it’s him, until Snowy White rocks up. Kingsley is determined to get rid of her and even stoops to throwing apples at her.
Luckily, Snowy gets a helping paw – or seven – from some very special new friends. This fun twist on Snow White gives the fairytale an environmentalism message, about respecting our community and recycling. We loved that the dialogue in the book was written in rhyme and enjoyed Loretta’s engaging, recognisable illustrations. This is a really fun series!
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Snowy White was published by Farshore. 17 February 2022
Fairy Tale Land by Kate Davies and Lucille Clerc
If you are looking for a gift book of reimagined fairytales then look no further. This exquisitely illustrated coffee-table compendium is an absolute joy.
Fairy Tale Land opens the gates to the magical land where all the fairy tale characters live. The tales are retold with a modern and fresh perspective. Snow White doesn’t need a prince to wake her anymore and perhaps the ocean is more appealing to the little mermaid than a short-sighted human prince. The stories have a lovely touch of humour and are a great length for a bedtime read. I loved the addition of a detailed map and lyrical description of the setting that accompanied each story.
There are twelve stories in total, and something for all readers young and old to enjoy. Fairy Tale Land is a perfect gift to be enjoyed by all the family all year around!
Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 5 October 2021
Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett
The stories in this outstanding book are from the well-known Fairy Books edited by Andrew Lang, published around 1889-1913. All of the story text remains unchanged except for the gender identifiers which have been swapped using an algorithm, created by Jonathan. There are no reimagined endings, or twists, or indeed any other changes. As Karrie and Jonathan explain in their Authors’ Note, they didn’t want to influence the stories with their own prejudices about how each character should act.
Because the rest of the text has been left untouched, the stories feel so familiar and yet unfamiliar at the same time. As you read each story, you EXPECT to know what is going to happen next, but it feels different. Suddenly something that felt acceptable now sounds questionable. And something that once felt dated, now feels modern.
Gender Swapped Fairy Tales is a fabulous, thought-provoking read, that has been beautifully illustrated. It would make a wonderful gift as well as a fabulous learning resource in schools. I highly recommend it! Read my full review here.
Published by Faber & Faber, 5 November 2020
Nen and the Lonely Fisherman by Ian Eagleton and James Mayhew
Published by indie, Owlet Press, Nen and the Lonely Fisherman has one of the most stunning silver-foil covers I’ve seen. We couldn’t wait to read this LGBT retelling of The Little Mermaid.
We are first introduced to merman Nen via a stunning vertical spread. He feels empty and despite the warning of his father, Pelagios, Nen often goes to the ocean’s surface to sing a song of hope. When a lonely fisherman called Ernest hears Nen’s song, he sails out to sea. As soon as they meet, the emptiness they both felt washes away. But Nen’s father is furious and creates a raging storm. Ernest is plunged into the ocean. Can Nen rescue Ernest in time and do they have a future together?
Nen and the Lonely Fisherman is a lyrical re-telling of The Little Mermaid, celebrating love and acceptance. James’ illustrations are absolutely magical and bring this gentle love story to life. This much-needed picture book is a pure delight! Read my full review here.
Published by Owlet Press, 6 June 2021
I Can Catch a Monster by Bethan Woollvin.
If you are looking for a book for children that challenges stereotypes, then I highly recommend I Can Catch a Monster written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin.
Bo the Brave is on a mission to catch a monster. Her two older brothers think she is too little to catch a monster, but Bo doesn’t let that stop her. She sets off on a quest to catch a fearsome beast and prove her bothers wrong. In fact, Bo discovers many monsters: a griffin, a kraken, a dragon but… are they the real monsters?
This is a book that will inspire children to think for themselves, stand up for what’s right and challenge stereotypes. Bethan’s illustrations are beautiful, packed with little details children will love and Bo is simply unforgettable. Read my full review here.
Published by Two Hoots, Macmillan, 17 September 2020
I Am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis and Beatrix Hatcher
Finally, I couldn’t do a post on National Fairytale Day without mentioning I am NOT a Prince, written by me and illustrated by Beatrix Hatcher. It is a fairy tale for the 21st century that challenges gender stereotypes and encourages children to be proud to be themselves.
On a misty lagoon in a fairy tale land, young frogs wait patiently to be turned into magical princes. But one little frog is different… Hopp definitely does NOT want to be a prince! When Hopp sets out on a journey to find their true self, everyone assumes the little frog is destined to be a prince… how could such a strong, brave, and kind frog be anything else?
But all it takes is one understanding new friend to help Hopp undergo a magical transformation that causes a positive change to ripple all across the lagoon! Here is what reviewers had to say: My Book Corner, Picture Book Snob and Candid Cocoa.
Published by Orchard Books, 20 January 2022
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I am very grateful to the publishers for providing me with complimentary copies of these books. This voluntary feature contains my honest opinion.