Sleeping Beauty A Mid-Century Fairy Tale by Lynn Roberts

Sleeping Beauty A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

Written by Lynn Roberts
Illustrated by David Roberts

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David and Lynne Roberts transfer the story of Sleeping Beauty to the 1950s in this stylish book, and put a unique spin on the story. Their Sleeping Beauty is a girl called Annabel, who lives with her two aunts. A true child of the 50s, Annabel loves sci-fi and spends hours dreaming of the future. There’s something of Bette Davis in the witch, wonderfully malevolent in an emerald green dress tightly nipped in at the waist, and killer stilettos, a sharp contrast to Annabel’s plump smiling aunts. After her thousand-year sleep Annabel is woken by an equally lively young girl (no princes in this story) and they dash off to explore the future. Told with élan, modishly mid-century – the poisoned needle is a record player stylus – the story is as magical as it’s ever been. ~ Andrea Reece


Sleeping Beauty A Mid-Century Fairy Tale by Lynn Roberts

Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots. However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all...

When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like?

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About the Author

Lynn Roberts has worked with children's literature for many years “ both as a specialist in book shops and as a writer. Cinderella was her first picture book, and she says, 'When someone bought it for the first time, I had a smile to myself. But I didn't let on....' She has worked with her brother David on three previous fairytales including 'Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairytale' shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud award. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and son.

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32 pages


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Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books

Publication date

11th August 2016




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