Thursday 6 February 2014
THE FAIRYTALE HAIRDRESSER AND SLEEPING BEAUTY, by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard
Modern takes on classic folk and fairytales are very in at the moment, with big budget reboots of Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Jack And The Beanstalk all hitting the silver screen in the last couple of years. Now Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard bring the concept to the 3-6 year reading group with their hilarious series about Kittie Lacey, hairdresser to the celebs of Fairytale Land.
In THE FAIRYTALE HAIRDRESSER AND SLEEPING BEAUTY, Kittie feels ashamed that her once-trendy looking garden is now all overgrown and unkept. But someone she knows has an even bigger problem, something not even a good shampoo and set can solve. Princess Rose from the nearby castle has fallen asleep and not even her godparents, the fairies, seem able to wake her up. Can Prince Florian, hired to tidy up Kittie's garden strim his way through the thick hedge around the castle and wake up the princess?
Longstaff's text romps cheekily through this fast paced fairytale, making it an enjoyable and effortless read. There are lots of in-jokes for those that know the original story well and the children I read the book to appreciated every single one of them. Lauren Beard's illustrations are bright and blocky. They had the readers in my group reaching for their colouring pencils trying to emulate them. A very enjoyable romp!
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