Girls (Hardback)
  • Girls (Hardback)

Girls (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages
Published: 05/10/2023
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Waterstones Says

Turning the damsel-in-distress trope on its head, Schaap's brilliantly entertaining and empowering collection of rewritten fairy tales presents female protagonists who most definitely do not need rescuing.

A determined girl gives up on kissing a frog. A fearless heroine comes face-to-face with a not-so Big Bad Wolf.

A monstrous princess, held captive on a deserted island, yearns to break free.

Within this book are seven famous fairy tales turned into enchanting, inspiring and sometimes hair-raising stories for today's world, about girls with their own dreams and desires.

These are no damsels in distress, but real young women of flesh and blood - who certainly don't need rescuing.

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
ISBN: 9781782693789
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


The girls in these sharp-fanged fairytale retellings are brave, dedicated and flexible enough to free themselves without the help of princes... Bold, sharp and written with deceptive simplicity, and heightened by Schaap's ominous black-and-white illustrations, this is an absorbing, slyly sinister collection for 11+ - Guardian

A wickedly delicious book. Surprising, subversive and totally addictive - Sophie Anderson

Spell-bound by these clever and witty stories - Yarrow Townsend

Satisfying, surprising and consistently superb - these are tales that will linger long after the final page is turned - Michael Mann, author of Ghostcloud

A beguiling collection of beautifully translated subversive fairy tales - Daily Mail

With messages that are very relevant in today's world, these are stories that will stay with readers long after they've finished reading and will definitely provoke discussion. Perfect for readers who know that today's girls aren't damsels in distress... I will be sharing with my class next term - K and O Bonkers about Books

Witty, dark and imaginative, these tales form a fabulous collection. With black and white illustrations by the author - Five Books

Brings the folktales of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault screaming into the modern age as gender politics are challenged and myths are debunked... Will appeal to fans of feminist retellings of traditional tales who want to smash the glass slipper, demolish the tower and dismiss the prince - Books for Keeps

- Praise for Lampie

Lampie stood out... a dark-and-stormy-night of a fairytale that I absolutely loved - Hilary McKay, Observer, Best Books of 2019

Schaap is a famous illustrator in the Netherlands and her debut novel will illuminate children all around the world - The Times, 20 Children's Books for Summer

Absorbing, old fashioned storytelling, reminiscent of The Secret Garden - Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

A mesmeric tale of fierce friendships and loyalty. So good it reads like folklore. A beautiful, captivating tale - Emma Carroll, author of 'Letters from the Lighthouse'

I am very glad to recommend this absolute gem - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Book of the Month

A dark, quirky fairy tale of a story - beautifully written and beautifully translated too. A free, fresh narrative style expertly combined with classic storytelling. I loved it - Lucy Strange, author of Our Castle by the Sea

I was swept away in a sea foam storm by the spectacular Lampie and the Children of the Sea... What a treasure trove of a book - Hilary McKay author of 'The Skylarks' War'

A fairy story with as many twists as a mermaid's tail - both dark-edged and charming. You won't be able to put it down - Julia Golding, author of 'The Diamond of Drury Lane'

Terrific. Deeply moving, yet never sentimental. It unfolds beautifully, with all the wonder and magic of the best fairy stories - Tania Unsworth, author of 'The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid'

It's a gripping and magical adventure, rich in fairytale elements - Daniel Hahn, Books for Keeps, Books of the Year

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“Wish these had been around 40 years ago”

Terrific stories featuring fab girls. Definitely the sort of young females i wish I could have been reading about in my formative years. Here's hoping Annet Schaap is creating loads of future Angela Carter... More

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“Short Stories”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. This is an excellent collection of retellings of classic fairy tales. These have been retold with great twists, perfect short story reads.
This will make a great... More

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