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A Fairy Tale Revolution

Kamila Shamsie Laura Barrett



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29 September 2020

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Mother Duck hatches a clutch of eggs, though the last one takes longer and the duckling that emerges - well, only a mother can love something that unuual. And she does - but all the other animals in the barnyard harrass her and the last duckling until it's easier for the her to reject the duckling. So off flies the duckling into the terrifying world, where she finds generosity, adversity and eventually her own tribe. But when they rebuff a Stork's request for help, she learns that creatures who admire you for being like them are no different to creatures who reject you for being unlike them… Gentle life lessons about being true to yourself.  Lindy Jones




Kamila Shamsie retells 'The Ugly Duckling'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories. 'A duck unlike other ducks. A raincloud-duck, with the heart of a lion, who struck out into the world on her own.'On the farm, some eggs are hatching. A flock of sweet ducklings are popping out. But one duckling looks different from all the others.

Cast out and all alone, this odd duckling will need all her bravery and curiosity to survive. Her journey is a search for belonging, but what she finds is the right to be different.
By:   Kamila Shamsie
Illustrated by:   Laura Barrett
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 267mm,  Width: 217mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   316g
ISBN:   9781784876319
ISBN 10:   1784876313
Series:   A Fairy Tale Revolution
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 99 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kamila Shamsie (Author) Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels including Home Fire which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the London Hellenic Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 2013; she was also awarded a South Bank Arts Award in 2018. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. Laura Barrett (Illustrator) Laura Barrett is an illustrator inspired by the darker side of folk and fairy tales, and enjoys working in the medium of traditional Scherenschnitte (paper cutting). Since graduating from University of the Arts London and with over 10 years of industry experience, Laura has worked with a stellar client list including the BBC and The Guardian. Laura works from her home studio in South East London.

Reviews for Duckling: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Duckling, written in a clear, poetic voice reminiscent of Wilde's Happy Prince, is at times almost painfully affecting...but brimming over, too, with heart and courage -- Imogen Russell Williams * Times Literary Supplement * [A] moving, poetic tale [that] celebrates an outsider's adventurous spirit in a world that's quick to judge -- Eithne Farry * Sunday Express *

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