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Do Not Mess with the Mermaids

Written by Michelle Robinson

Illustrated by Sharon Davey

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Do Not Mess with the Mermaids Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Humorous

High-spirited adventures starring a one-in-a-kind princess

‘How much damage can one tiny dragon do?’ asks Princess Grace near the beginning of this very funny and enjoyable adventure. The answer is quite a lot it turns out. The arrival of Dennis the cheeky little dragon coincides with a visit from snooty mermaid Queen Jeen and her court, so the fact that Dennis loves water, and has a tendency to turn it purple, is an added challenge for Grace and her sister Portia as they struggle to keep him hidden from the king. At least they have friends to help, including imp Bramwell and apprentice witch Verity. Scenes of delicious just-contained chaos, including one in which Grace’s badly-behaved unicorn Poop starts to fly, plus a lovely sense of the castle’s idiosyncratic community make this very appealing and Grace, by no means the average princess, is a great central character. Illustrations by Sharon Davey catch the atmosphere and the characters perfectly too.

Andrea Reece

Do Not Mess with the Mermaids Synopsis

Grace has proved to the kingdom of Wondermere that when it comes to courage, determination, playing TROLL-O on unicorn-back and being a BRAVE KNIGHT, she's just as good as any boy! But now Wondermere is expecting a VERY IMPORTANT visitor: the MERMAID QUEEN of the Outer Ocean. That means frilly dresses and best behaviour - and absolutely NO RULE BREAKING.

But when a purple DRAGON EGG falls into the moat of Wondermere castle, Grace and her sister Princess Portia find themselves babysitting a BIG SECRET. One teeny tiny little dragon called Dennis couldn't possibly disturb the royal visit ... could he? 

Do Not Mess with the Mermaids Press Reviews

Praise for Do Not Disturb The Dragons;

“Witty dialogue, fast pace and delightful illustrations that I'm sure the dragons would approve of! Do Not Disturb The Dragons is a glittery & feisty read” –  NetGalley Reviewer

“Sharon Davey's playful illustrations bring the fun and joy at the heart of this delightful story to life, and capture the cheeky, charming girls and their friends' personalities perfectly. Perfect for younger readers striking out on their own reading adventure, this would also make a fun class read for KS1 with lots to talk about along the way. And even better, it's the first in a series, too!” –  Reading Zone

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ISBN: 9781408894910
Publication date: 08/07/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408894910
Publication date: 8th July 2021
Author: Michelle Robinson
Illustrator: Sharon Davey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Humorous
Collections: Summer Reading 2021, Summer Reading 2021,

About Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson grew up in Gloucestershire and loved making up stories and being silly. She put that to good use by getting a job as a copywriter. She wrote over 6000 radio adverts before moving on to television and the web and devised websites for big brands like Coca-Cola, Guinness and Cadburys. She soon got bored though, which is when she started writing funny stories for children and their parents to enjoy reading umpteen times. Her picture book There's a Lion in My Cornflakes won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards. Michelle lives in Frome with her husband, young son ...

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