Sleeping Beauty (Early Reader) by Sally Gardner

Sleeping Beauty (Early Reader)

Written by Sally Gardner
Part of the Early Reader Series

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, retold by bestselling author Sally Gardner in a magical princess story, perfect for early readers. Look out for more magical princess stories retold by Sally Gardner - Cinderella, Snow White, The frog Prince and The Princess and the Pea.

There are lots of Early Reader titles to choose from that are great for sharing with your youngsters and for kids just starting out on the reading journey to read alone. Check out the extracts on the site as some of the titles are slightly more advanced than others - for example the Francesca Simon animal story titles set at Potters Barn are great to get started on whereas the Sally Gardner, Georgie Adams and Vivian French titles have a bit more text to each page. Each and every one of them though has full colour illustrations on every page.


Sleeping Beauty (Early Reader) by Sally Gardner

Deep in a forest of thorns lies a beautiful princess, cast into an enchanted sleep by the wicked seventh fairy. Can the spell ever be broken?


Beautifully written, completely absorbing story... the author evokes the streets of London and the political upheavals of the day with compelling ease Christine Kidney, BOOK MAGAZINE on I, Coriander

About the Author

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.

Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.

Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.

If you'd love to know more about Sally, click here to download a more detailed biography and Q&A.

To see a video of Sally talking about her book Fairy Shopping - CLICK HERE

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64 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

5th May 2011




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