The Goblin Princess Smoky the Dragon Baby by Jenny O'Connor

The Goblin Princess Smoky the Dragon Baby

Written by Jenny O'Connor
Illustrated by Kate Willis-Crowley

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The favourite theme of the child who longs for a pet is given an unusual twist in this story of adventure and working out who you are. Matty’s family despair of her; for a goblin princess she’s horribly tidy and polite. They don’t think much of her little dragon Smoky either, goblin pets are meant to be boisterous and badly behaved, he’s anything but. But Matty and Smoky discover some special advantages to being good, and finally win the approval of her family. Fairies and an enchanted wood feature as well as goblins, and there’s while lots to appeal to children who enjoy stories of magic, family relationships are at the core. Colour illustrations add to the appeal, on pages coloured a fetching shade of pond-water green! ~ Andrea Reece


The Goblin Princess Smoky the Dragon Baby by Jenny O'Connor

‘I’m so worried about Matty. Her room is always tidy and her clothes are spotless. Last week I even caught her combing her hair!’

The first book using the characters from the hugely popular The Goblin Princess comic strip in Sparkle World magazine, and with gorgeous green pages and illustrations throughout, this is the start of an exciting new series perfect for readers moving on from Rainbow Magic, or who like a slightly different version of a fairy story!

Everything is topsy-turvy in Goblin world and Matty, the Goblin Princess, just doesn't fit in! Her mum, the Goblin Queen, is always telling her to un-tidy her room and eat up her slug porridge (yee-uk!). Goblins HATE nice things, including their enemies the sparkly Forest Fairies...

Matty has a problem. Her new pet baby dragon, Smoky, is far too good and her parents are threatening to send him away! Smoky is her best friend - can she find a way to make him naughty enough to keep? She just might need the Forest Fairies' help...

About the Author

Jenny O'Connor lives on a Shropshire smallholding with her comic-strip writing partner and two alpacas. After studying Drama at university, she went on to work at Marvel Comics, and then became Editorial Director of Redan Publishing, a children's magazine company that she helped found. Goblin Princess is her first book.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

7th July 2016




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