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Friday 5 October 2018

Review: Fairytales for Feisty Girls

Take some well known stories, in the form of fairytales, and add a bit of a twist. That's what Susannah McFarlane has done in Fairytales for Feisty Girls.

Beginning with the definition of feisty ('typically describes one who is relatively small, lively, determined and courageous'), McFarlane re-writes the stories of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Thumbelina.

There is a good sense of the original stories, but they also seem new and fresh.

The female characters, who in the traditional stories rely on male characters for rescue from various predicaments, instead work with the other characters, including boys and men, to help free themselves.

These girls are problem solvers. They're assertive, proactive, and independent.

Each story is illustrated by a different Australian artist, giving each of them and their characters unique written and visual personalities.

The book is slightly larger than the traditional novel, with a lovely black and white and gold hardcover design, which makes it feel special.

Fairytales for Feisty Girls challenges stereotypes, and can be enjoyed by both girls and boys. Perfect for reading aloud at bed time, curling up with a book on a cold winter's day, or any other time.

Title: Fairytales for Feisty Girls
Author: Susannah McFarlane
Illustrator: Beth Norling, Sher Rill Ng, Claire Robertson, Lucinda Gifford
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $24.99
Publication Date: August 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760523541
For ages: 6+
Type: Junior fiction