Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales


Award-winning writer Hilary McKay has ingeniously reinterpreted and retold a selection of traditional fairy tales for a new generation. Each story selected, from traditional folktales like ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ to fairy tales like ‘Rumplestiltskin’ and ‘The Princess and the Pea’, has been redeveloped through the inclusion of an often unknown by standing narrator, with different considerations and a reconstruction of each setting. However, the essence and structure of every story remains intact.

I found the stories absolutely mesmerising; I was hooked! Sarah Gibb’s evocative silhouette pictures add to the sparkle and strength of ‘Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales‘. This is a book to give, read, share and treasure. We love it and recommend it to every Bookwagon reader.


Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales

Hilary McKay, illustrated by Sarah Gibb

(Pan Macmillan)


This is one of the best interpretations of fairy tales that I have ever read. Hilary McKay has ingeniously read, retold and redrafted each story that it retains its magic and structure, but meets the needs of a new generation, with curiosity, wit and wonder. We love this book. We recommend it to all readers for bedtime and forever.


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