About the Book and Poet
Following on from Zombierella and Frankenstiltskin, this is the third and final book in a deliciously dark trilogy of twisted classics, written in verse by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas and published by Walker Books. We posted it to Violet and within a day of her receiving it she had read it and emailed us back her glowing review.
If you don’t like your fairytales too sugar-coated you will enjoy reading this!
I particularly enjoyed the rhyming spells
The story is very easy to get into. I easily read it in one go- it was hard to put down. On the first page there’s a little library card which is cool. The illustrations added humour to the story, especially the troll. It’s loosely based on Sleeping Beauty but it’s very funny and takes you on a roller coaster. The chapter titles were funny too. I particularly enjoyed the rhyming spells.
The main character goes on a developmental journey, she’s my favourite- she’s independent, likeable and always tries to put things right when she messes up. I would recommend this for 6-10 year olds but anyone can enjoy it.
I have never read anything by Joseph Coelho before but I would definitely read other books in this series and by him.
If you would would like to buy a copy of the book we invite you to order it from your local independent book shop.
Or, you can shop on-line and support our Kids Reviews page by sourcing your discounted book via this link
Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian.
Whichever you choose we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!
- Name: Violet
- Age: 9 years
- Likes: Harry Potter, astronomy and cats
- Dislikes: Her brother and The Twits
- Favourite Book: Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
- Favourite Song: Confident by Demi Lovato
- Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix