|Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize winning author of "Wolf Hall"|
and "Bring up the Bodies" signing books at the Oxford
|Miss Longstaff graciously signed all of M's books, though |
based on experience, it is not easy to require a six-year-old
to be careful about signed books!
On the last day of the festival, my daughter and I went to the Story Museum to listen to Abie Longstaff, author of The Fairytale Hairdresser Series. Before becoming an author, Miss Longstaff was apparently a lawyer that's why somehow there's a baddie who goes to prison at the end of almost every story. Miss Longstaff's twists on some of our well-loved fairy tale characters are a delight to read. The pictures of illustrator Lauren Beard are lovely.
I could call these books the ultimate fanfiction, and the take on each character is always funny and engaging. My daughter has always been interested in writing stories about her favourite book characters, and I think this is the reason why the Fairytale Hairdresser Series appeals to her.