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Sleeping Beauty

A Mid-century Fairy Tale

Illustrated by David Roberts

Lynn Roberts

Pavilion Children’s


ISBN: 9781843653394

Price: £6.99

Publication date: 8 June 2017

ISBN: 9781843652915

Price: £12.99

Publication date: 11 August 2016

Category: Picture Books

Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots.  However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all…

When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A plucky young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like?

Packed with mid-century detail, this gorgeous book will be treasured for years to come.


ABOUT THE Illustrator

David Roberts was born in Liverpool. He studied fashion before moving to Hong Kong to work as a fashion illustrator. Since returning to the UK, he has illustrated numerous books, and was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children’s illustration. His titles include the Dirty Bertie series, Julia Donaldson’s Tyrannosaurus Drip and many Philip Ardagh titles. David now lives and works in London where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats.



Lynn Roberts has worked with children’s literature for many years – both as a specialist in book shops and as a writer. Cinderella was her first picture book, and she says, “When someone bought it for the first time, I had a smile to myself. But I didn’t let on…”. She is the author of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Red and Cinderella.



‘Offering a fresh take on these quintessential tales, the Roberts siblings have created a fairy tale that is way more current and more accessible for a wide and varied audience.


‘Chosen for its quirky brilliance and beautiful period illustrations … re-inventing a classic tale in mid-century style and with a refreshing feminist twist … The period details confirm this picture book offering as a 20th Century historical tour de force.’