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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.
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
The classic tale of romance and true love has been reimagined in the roaring twenties, the era of flapper girls and the Charleston with David Robert’s beautiful Art Deco illustrations throughout. Lynn Roberts spirited retelling of the classic story of Cinderella finding her Prince Charming despite the best efforts of her wicked Step Mother and ugly spirited step sisters combined with David’s illustrations will provide plenty of interest for readers young and old. The attention to detail to the Art Deco period is simply stunning and a delight for both its beauty and humour. A lovely book to share.
Set in the glamorous seventies, this lively retelling is bursting with colourful period detail as Rapunzel goes from being a tower-block prisoner to a free and groovy girl. Lynn Roberts had added some funky seventies attitude to the traditional tale of the girl with the long hair and alongside David Roberts' fabulous illustrations this really does create a fantastic reimagining of this classic tale. Great to share with young story lovers this is also a humorous nod to the 1970's and each page is filled with fab, fun loving pictures that will be enjoyed both by the young and old. Simply awesome.
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. What the judges said: By setting it in a new period (18th century America), the illustrator refreshes a story everyone knows, and employs all sorts of amusing touches, and a highly distinctive style, in his innovative and unusual approach. The book demonstrates superb draughtsmanship, a brilliant use of perspective, and great sense of light; all in a wonderfully subtle colour palette.
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 plucky 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? Packed with mid-century detail, this gorgeous book will be treasured for years to come.
Little Red is the story of a boy, a grandmother, a big bad wolf, and a keg of delicious fizzy ginger beer. Young Thomas is known as Little Red. He lives with his parents in a cosy inn, famous for its sweet and fizzy ginger beer. Every week, Little Red visits his grandmother with food and a keg of the ginger beer. But on this visit, grandma doesn't quite look herself. Can Little Red save Grandma, and himself, from the big bad wolf - perhaps with the help of a certain fizzy beverage? This highly imaginative spin on the classic tale is set in the late eighteenth century - a time of big wigs, satin gowns, beauty spots, powdered faces and wicked highwaymen!
Cinderella moves into the era of flapper girls and the Charleston in a new telling of this famous rags-to-riches tale. Blinded by love, Cinderella's father marries unwisely and brings home a heartless wife, and her bossy and wicked daughters, Elvira and Ermintrude. They will stop at nothing to make life miserable for Cinderella. On the day of a grand ball at the Palace, the wicked stepfamily get dressed in their finery to attend, leaving poor Cinders behind. However, Cinderella is visited by a kind fairy godmother, with exquisite fashion sense. In her beautiful beaded dress and glass slippers, Cinderella catches Prince Roderick's heart, but then on the stroke of midnight has to desert him. Will true love find a way to bring them back together again? Other titles in the series: Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Little Red.
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?
Meet a truly funky, flares-clad fairy-tale heroine and a genuinely frightening villain in this hilarious re-working of a much-loved fairy tale. Poor Rapunzel can only dream about the world outside because her Aunt Edna keeps her locked up in their tower-block home. The lifts don't work and Aunt Edna is too lazy to take the stairs, so she uses Rapunzel's extraordinarily long hair to climb in and out of their tiny flat. Rapunzel's life is confined within orange and brown flower-printed walls, with only her beloved records for solace. But then one day, a handsome stranger climbs up her hair and a new adventure begins. Set in the glamorous seventies, this lively retelling is bursting with colourful period detail. Other books in the series: Sleeping Beauty, Little Red and Cinderella.
Little Red is on his way to visit his grandmother on the other side of the wood. Ignoring all warnings of wolves in the wood, he removes his coat and strays from the path. That's when the greedy wolf, lurking in the wood, hatches an evil plan. He steals the little boy's red coat and hurries to the cottage to gobble up Little Red's shortsighted grandmother. But once the wolf's had his dinner, he's ready for dessert... meaning Little Red is next on the menu! But can a keg of delicious sparkling ginger beer save him from a gruesome end? With settings from the fabulously quirky 'Ye Olde Belch' Inn to grandmother's eerie old cottage, this witty reworking of the classic tale is perfectly adapted to 18th-century England and is bursting with period detail. Other titles in the series: Cinderella and Rapunzel.
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