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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.'

Sally Morris

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

'Offers a fabulously illustrated, delightful twist on some traditional fairy stories. Well worth a read!'

'Certainly lives up to its title! …  The illustrations are particularly nice!'

'David Roberts’ illustrations are fabulously detailed and provide an amazing insight into life in three very distinctive eras ...  highly entertaining ... We love all three stories.'


Story Snug

'One of the most stylish collections of fairy tales I’ve ever seen – David Roberts’ stunning illustrations whisk us back to bygone eras, whilst Lynn Roberts-Maloney’s sparkling text transforms some of our most beloved stories ... Packed with amazing period details and subtle twists, this is a volume to be treasured.'

'With spellbinding storytelling and detailed illustrations, these are utterly original in their portrayals of heroines (we think) we know so well ... Full of retro charm, these fresh retellings will be adored by new generations and their... retro parents!'


'With an unusual twist to well-known tales, this is a beautiful book to buy your little ones!'

The Teacher Bookworm

'The stories are zingy and fun with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour: perfect... to remind us that girls can rescue themselves and have a lot of fun doing it.'

Book Trust

'Glorious illustrations'

Absolutely Education

'David Robert’s detailed illustrations set them in distinct time periods ... The text created by his sister Lyn Roberts-Maloney redresses the handsome prince v powerless female narrative and there’s a rich vein of humour'

British Education /Absolutely Prep magazine