A Royal Fairytale

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We now know the ending to this delightful story. And his name is George.

I unashamedly love the royal family (let previous posts about the royal wedding be testament) and so when I spied A Royal Fairytale, created by Ink Robin and illustrated by Adam Larkum, well I simply had to read it.

Now of course the details in this story will come as no surprise – it is a factual account of the meeting of Kate and William. However, for those readers that have been living in a regal-no-go-zone, it’s the story of a little prince who grows up to meet a girl from the English countryside, their royal romance, spectacular wedding and the arrival of their baby.

While the facts are accurate, the charm of this book is in the traditional fairytale prose and Larkum’s wonderfully modern (and gently humorous) illustrations.

“Once upon a time there lived a young prince. His name was William. He knew that one day he would grow up to become a king. But he wondered whether he might be lonely in the palace (it was very large)”

and

“The wedding went splendidly. The bride and groom both said ‘I do’ in the right place (which is the most important part, after all). And after the wedding, William’s grandmother threw a huge party at her house.”

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Larkum’s illustrations include an appropriate number of corgis and plenty of fanfare (think fireworks, flags and grand adventures). Little details such as the ever-present corgi by William’s side and sheep by Kate’s side are all in good fun, as is Will’s ‘royal hoodie’.

For those who feel a tad uneasy telling children a story about an ordinary girl who meets a prince –

“Like many little girls, Kate dreamt of meeting a handsome prince. But real princes are quite hard to find.”

take comfort in the next line of the story –

“So when she grew up she went off to university to learn all kinds of interesting things.”

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A Royal Fairytale is aimed at children aged three years and over. It’s published in Australia by Hardie Grant Egmont and is available from Fishpond. A Royal Fairytale is also available as an interactive storybook app via iTunes.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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