Hilary Mckay's Fairy Tales by Hilary Mckay
  

Hilary Mckay's Fairy Tales

Written by Hilary Mckay
Illustrated by Sarah Gibb

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | This is an absolutely stunning book. Not only is it an absolute treat visually but it's also a feast for the imagination for lovers of fairy tales and the ever elusive happy ever after. Hilary has brought her own unique touch to well known and loved fairy-tales. Fairy-tales that we know so well and yet with her refreshing, imaginative touch have been made new for us.

This is a selection that lovers of fairy tales, old and young, will love to read again and again. Combined with beautiful illustrations by Sarah Gibb, this will be a collection to treasure. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.

Synopsis

Hilary Mckay's Fairy Tales by Hilary Mckay

Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales is a classic fairy-tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Red Riding Hood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel. This gorgeous gift hardback has a foiled cover, a ribbon marker and features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Reviews

This book is a real treasure as Hilary McKay presents us with ten traditional and well-loved tales which she has skillfully mixed up, re-worked and re-imagined. -- Louise Stothard * Carousel * Via enthralling framing narratives, deft twists and thought-provoking details, McKay renews classic tales - including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Rumpelstiltskin - in this sumptuous collection, enriched by Gibb's evocative black-and-white line drawings. * Guardian * This collection will delight anyone who knows the stories well enough to appreciate McKay's subversive twists, rich characterisation and inventive additions. * The Sunday Times * So breathtakingly beautiful, it's literally giving me chills... gorgeous and perfectly drawn out for kids AND adults... pretty sure this is the very best book I've read this year. It is thrillingly good. -- Stephanie Burgis * Twitter * I'm reading this utterly beautiful collection of fairy tales by Hilary McKay... and it's delicious and biting and wise -- Katherine Rundell * Twitter * one of the best children's writers working today, and this collection shows her at her warm, witty, dazzling best -- Daniel Hahn * The Spectator * Hilary McKay is back! . . . She's inventive, funny and will always make you laugh . . . the oldest stories given fresh life * The Bookbag *

About the Author

Hilary Mckay

Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Award with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved similar recognition - The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize and Saffy's Angel won the Whitbread and was selected for the inaugural Booked up list. Most recently, the acclaimed Binny for Short was longlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.. A graduate of Botany and Zoology from St Andrews University, Hilary now writes full-time. She lives in Derbyshire with her family.

You can read her character Rose Casson's blog by clicking here - and Rose's tweets on the right hand side of this page.

Q & A with Hilary Mckay

What is your earliest childhood memory?
Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I was two years
old, so that is a very early memory.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Well, who could turn down the gift of flight? Or travel without luggage? Or a
life spent following the sun? Without doubt, I would be a swallow. I realise this
means a lifetime of eating flies, but I think it would be worth it.


What is your dream holiday destination?
I would start at the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and travel South
through Central America, along the coast to Peru, then down through Chile
across to the Falklands and on to Antarctica, which I would circumnavigate.
Then I would travel North to New Zealand where I would spend a long time
warming up and then across to Australia. I would spend quite a long time in
Sydney and go up into the Blue Mountains (I might go sapphire hunting there)
and then to the Great Barrier Reef (of course).
That would be far enough for me.

What is your morning routine?
Alas, I do not have a morning routine.


If you could have one special talent, what would it be?
Singing, undoubtedly. That would make me the happiest. But I have a friend
whose talent is languages and I envy that one very much.

Likes: Millions of things! Books, cats, honey, letters from readers (hint, hint), real music, apples, swimming in cold water, chocolate coated ginger biscuits, trees.

Dislikes: Putting things away, litter, loud TV, hot rooms, being told what to think.

3 words that best descibe me: Untidy, happy, hopeful!

A Secret that not many people know: I am a VERY slow reader!

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
304 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 11 years

Author

Hilary Mckay
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Author's Website

http://www.hilarymckay.co.u...

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

5th October 2017

ISBN

9781447292289

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