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9+ Anthea Bell Brothers Grimm Brothers Grimm Week fairy tales gift ideas in translation Lizbeth Zwerger

BROTHERS GRIMM WEEK (2): Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Lisbeth Zwerger“Brüder GRIMM MÄRCHEN”, translated by Anthea Bell(Minedition) I knew very little of the illustrator before discovering this book, but I have since discovered that Lisbeth Zwerger, who is Austrian, is a much acclaimed illustrator and recipient of many prestigious prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1990 in recognition of her lifetime contribution to children’s literature. She has …

Brothers Grimm Week fairy tales


A week dedicated to the Brothers Grimm It has been 200 years since the Brothers Grimm published the first edition of their collected fairy tales, published under the title Kinder- und Hausmärchen, and a  part of the celebrations, many beautiful editions have emerged on the market, aimed both at children and at adults. As I am focusing on gift …

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Magical Mix-Ups: Birthdays and Bridesmaids

Marnie Edwards (text) & Leigh Hodgkinson (illustrations)(Nosy Crow) Princess Sapphire and Emerald the Witch, who live in Mixtopia, a land where everything is a little bit topsy–turvy.  In this first adventure, the two friends are invited to a wedding party in Fairyland. After deciding upon their gladrags, the girls are on their way, it looks …

3+ Alex T Smith Cinderella fairy tales ladybirds love Paris romance spiders


Alex T. Smith(Scholastic Children’s Books) Ella, the bespectacled ladybird, is forever cleaning up after her two nasty and ungrateful wasp stepsisters Belladonna and Ivy. One day, a famous artist named Pierre in need of inspiration decides to throw a ball in Paris on Valentine’s Day. When the invitation to the Grand Bug Ball lands on the door mat for the wasp sisters,  they are sure …

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The Princess and the Pig

Jonathan Emmett (text) & Poly Bernatene (illustrations)(Macmillan Children’s Books) After a terrible incident in the royal nursery, Pigmella the princess finds herself brought up by a poor but loving family while Priscilla the Pig finds herself in royal household learning the ways of princesses, with difficulty. The poor family who were desperate for a child believe that this …