‘High on a hill, where the moors ended and the forest began, stood a lonely castle.’
So begins this glorious fairytale in which Annis and her grandmother go from poverty to comfort, but a kind of comfort that best suits them. At the story's start, Annis may be squashed into a small room with her grandmother and animals, but her dreams ‘are wild and free’, finding a unicorn, then galloping those moors with him, discovering fairies in need of help … who, in turn, give help to them.
But the fairies imagined by Saviour Pirotta and Jane Ray aren’t the little girl birthday party kind of pink pretty flurries of cuteness. These are much more interesting, fairies with attitude and power.
And Annis isn’t going to say ‘yes’ to princes who want to marry her and make her their queen if she finds them pompous or boring. She wants to pair up with a friend … and you’ll have to get hold of a copy of this book to find out who that might be!
Jane Ray’s pictures are full of beauty and humour. Altogether, this is a pretty perfect picture book fairytale.
PS It's just coming out in paperback. But it's a treasure of a book you might well want to have in hardback.
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