Spellbound

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Review

Subtitled ‘tales of enchantment from ancient Ireland’, this collection of seven traditional Irish folk tales is retold by Ireland’s first Laureate na nÓg (Children’s Laureate) Siobhán Parkinson. Parkinson has gathered a magical selection of tales about girls being turned into butterflies, enchanted princesses, mysterious lands and strange creatures. Although well suited to a younger audience, Parkinson’s stately prose is timeless, beautiful and enthralling, and is perfectly accompanied by Whelan’s detailed, colourful and magical illustrations. A fascinating selection of folk and fairy tales.

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