‘This is NOT a Fairy Tale,’ by Will Mabbitt and Fred Blunt.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. That’s how it goes, isn’t it? No?


It was almost time for tea and Sophie had been enjoying a story with Grandad, who had fallen asleep! Dad steps into the breach and begins to read a lovely story all about an enchanted princess who’d been locked in a tower. So far, so predictable. Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands and make a few tweaks to the plot – a princess in armour, a prince in the tower and a combine harvester?! Complete fairy tale anarchy!  But Sophie’s big imagination will not be constrained by tradition.

It’s always refreshing to see a story where the tables are well and truly turned on the  brave prince. And is this case, they are with panache! Traditional fairy tale stereotypes are entirely disregarded in this anarchic take on a princess story. And it’s all the better for it!

Will Mabbitt’s imaginative sense of humour and Fred Blunt’s illustrations are truly the perfect partnership and can also be seen at work in ‘This is Not a Bedtime Story’ – similarly unconventional take on a traditional story genre!

Anarchic, empowering and hilarious! Definitely one to read.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Puffin for sending me this title to review*

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