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David Roberts’ Delightfully Different Fairytales

Illustrated by David Roberts

Lynn Roberts

Pavilion Children’s


ISBN: 9781843654759

Price: £12.99

Publication date: 1 October 2020

Category: Picture Books

A treasury of fairy tales with a difference – feminist, sparky and set in different decades of the 20th century, with funky clothes and recognisable settings. A stunning collaboration between the brilliant illustrator David Roberts and his talented writer sister Lynn.

This special collection includes:

  • a feminist Sleeping Beauty, set in the 1950s (and 2950s), in a story populated entirely with women and girls (no princes needed here!)

  • a 1970s Rapunzel whose friend plays in a rock band

  • a 1920s-set Cinderella with flapper girls and a fashion-conscious fairy godmother.

These are all deliciously, delightfully different takes on the fairy tales we all know.

ABOUT THE Illustrator

David Roberts began his career in fashion illustration. He has since illustrated numerous children’s books, for which he has won and been shortlisted for awards. His work ranges from Pavilion Books’ fairy tale retellings, to his brilliantly funny books with Julia Donaldson such as Tyrannosaurus DripThe Troll and The Cook and the King. He has also earned great success through his books with Andrea Beaty (Ada Twist, Scientist and others) and his self-authored title Suffragette.



Lynn Roberts has worked with children’s literature for many years – both as a specialist in book shops and as a writer. She is the author of modern adaptations of the classic fairytales of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Red and Cinderella.



'David Roberts’s bold, cartoonish illustrations perfectly complement these three fun-filled stories, where a new setting and time period influence each adventure.'


'Deliciously, delightfully different takes on the fairy tales we all know.'