Saturday, 3 November 2012

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella by Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard

September 2012, Red Fox
32 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: familiar fairytale characters, hairdressing, focus on Cinderella, being skilled at something & learning new skills, happiness, friendship, awesome illustrations, happily ever after

The queen of hearts is holding a ball to find the PERFECT girl for her PERFECT prince. But Cinderella doesn't have an invitation or a dress -- what's a girl to do? Luckily, Kittie Lacey, fabulous hairdresser to the fairytale stars is on hand to give Cinderella a job, find her the PERFECT dress and get her in to the ball.

But with so many other fairytale characters to fight through, including a pair of all-too-familiar sisters, will Cinderella and her PERFECT prince ever find each other?

Nayuleska's thoughts

This is my favourite Cinderella story! It's so different and wonderful. I love how Cinderella gets a job where she's appreciated, where she even learns new schools and manages to find her prince. The way she's kept apart from her prince is really clever and had me laughing (I suspected the ending would be a happy one). Kitty the hairdresser knows talent when she sees it, and once again her hairdressing skills are stretched to the max. I love the bright and cheery illustrations, especially the little green fairy who appears every now and then. It's fun taking time to identify all the other fairytale characters in this amazing 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Abie's website and Lauren's website.

Suggested read

You can follow Kitty's first adventure in The Fairytale Hairdresser: Or How Rapunzel Got Her Prince!


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