Fairytales Gone Wrong: You're Not Ugly Duckling by Steve Smallman

Fairytales Gone Wrong: You're Not Ugly Duckling

Written by Steve Smallman
Illustrated by Neil Price

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This reworked version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic is a great way to talk with children about bullying and other important subjects too, such as why you shouldn’t judge people on appearances, and why you shouldn’t change who you are because of what other people say. With his strange sticky up feathers, Tufty looks very different to the other ducklings and is teased not just by the other animals, but his brothers and sisters too. Fortunately he has one good friend who sticks up for him, and he gets the chance to prove how special he is. The story is fun to read and the illustrations very appealing, while useful end notes contain suggestions for parents or adults on ways to talk about the book and its message. ~ Andrea Reece


Fairytales Gone Wrong: You're Not Ugly Duckling by Steve Smallman

A fairytale with a twist! In You're Not Ugly, Duckling! Mother Duck is shocked to discover that one of her ducklings looks a little different to the rest. He's large and grey, with a funny quack and an even funnier hair do! It's not just Mother Duck who has noticed - poor Ugly Duckling is bullied by the other farm animals and his siblings too! Ugly Duckling decides to run away, but when he spots one of the farm animals in danger he rushes to the rescue. Are his actions enough to prove that you should never judge a book by its cover?

The Fairytales Gone Wrong series includes:

Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair!

Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk

Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty

Eat your Greens, Goldilocks

Blow your Nose, Big Bad Wolf

Give us a Smile, Cinderella

Keep Running, Gingerbread Man

You're Not Ugly Duckling

About the Author

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.

I've been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

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24 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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QED Publishing

Publication date

21st July 2016




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