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I’ve wanted to write about this for ages, but the build up to Christmas got in the way!


This book came out in September, along with a version of Red Riding Hood. They are small, though you’d have to have a pretty enormous pocket for it to fit into (they are about 16 cm by 13cm….or slightly smaller than a board book). Some of the pages are pop-up. But what is esPECIALLY exciting is that the pages are concertina. You can either turn the pages over one at a time (and then flip the book over halfway), or you can stretch it out to see half the story, and then turn it over to see the rest.

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The illustrations are gorgeous and I particularly love them because of the Pre-Raphaelite style dresses (I would like to own a dress just like the one Sleeping Beauty has).

Although some of the pages have pop-outs it’s a pretty sturdy book, and it comes with a hard backed slip case to keep it from getting damaged. It is definitely a book that you could keep in your bag (or a gigantic pocket) for those moments when your child needs a bit of distraction. You know, if you’ve done something crazy like attempt to go to a café and sit down for more than 5 minutes.

The Red Riding Hood one is good too and I hope that Templar consider publishing more in this series. Because they are tiny they are easy to miss in a bookshop – although we have promoted them ever since they came in because we love them so much. So if you can’t see them then ask – they deserve to be looked at.