Imelda & the Goblin King by Briony May Smith (Flying Eye Books)

12004830_10153527807965446_1580461574798796969_nThis glorious offering from an emerging talent in picture books, (and one we’re undoubtedly going to see more of over the forthcoming months) is set to be a debut that’s going to be hard to top.

Imelda & the Goblin King‘ by Briony May Smith, is a creative and inventive twist on a classic fairy tale story with a fabulously feisty leading lady.

12019793_10153527808055446_1295164143400831640_nOur protagonist, Imelda loves nothing more than spending the day with the fairies and their queen in the enchanted forest, until one day a grumpy goblin king turns up and ruins their fun, scaring the fairies away.

But being fairies, they decide to offer the goblin king a chance to mend his ways. An invitation to their fairy solstice celebrations.

12002310_10153527808075446_1569618065588645792_nReminiscent of a classic fairy tale with a twist, this story has spreads gushing with finite detail from the tiniest blueberry to left over fish bones, Briony May Smith leaves no stone unturned in her stylish illustrations.

The rich and varied palette just cries out to be explored further and there is a warm glow about this whole book from the narrative to the pictures, it’s one you’ll want to revisit again and again.

12004711_10153527808060446_8086591156992579824_nNeedless to say when the goblin king shows up to the fairy solstice his manners are no better and he claims the celebratory feast for himself.

There’s only one person who can come to the fairies aid. Imelda is a force to be reckoned with and surely she can come up with a plan to rid them of this evil goblin?

An engaging and clever reinvention of a classic and one that’s sure to adorn shelves everywhere.

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