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Reading Beauty

Written by Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Meg Hunt

Key Stage 1 Fantasy / Magical Humorous

LoveReading View on Reading Beauty

This hugely enjoyable picture book put a thoroughly positive modern spin on the Sleeping Beauty story. Beauty here is space princess Lex, a lively young girl whose passion is books and reading. She’s understandably miffed when, on her 15th birthday, her parents take away all her books. They explain that she was cursed as a baby by a grumpy fairy and the next paper cut she gets will be fatal. Not one to sit back and wait for help, Lex sets off to find the fairy and get the curse lifted (using reference books to help). She manages it, discovering some important things about the fairy in the process, and all ends with everyone reading happily ever after. The story is told in energetic rhyme and the space-age setting is lots of fun too. Here’s to more go-get-‘em bookworm princesses!

Andrea Reece

Reading Beauty Synopsis

When a fairy's curse-a deathlike sleep via paper cut-threatens to make her kingdom barren of books, it's up to space princess Lex to break the spell and bring books back to her people. Set in the universe of the acclaimed Interstellar Cinderella, this irrepressible fairy tale retelling will charm young readers with its brave heroine, its star-studded setting, and its hilarious, heartwarming happy ending.

Reading Beauty Press Reviews

This modern retake on 'Sleeping Beauty' is an interstellar fairy tale that is vibrantly illustrated and fun to read-aloud. The rhyming text keeps the story lighthearted and lively. Lex is a brown-skinned protagonist and she and her Prince seem to jump off the page. The story shares a positive message about reading, helping others, and redemption. A great one-on-one read for caregivers, and perfect for group sharing in a library or classroom setting. -- School Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781452171296
Publication date: 24th September 2019
Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Meg Hunt
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 44 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Fantasy / Magical, Humorous

About Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood is the author of Interstellar Cinderella and many other books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers Here Comes the Easter Cat, The Quiet Book, and The Loud Book. She lives in San Francisco.

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