Jill and Dragon – a stunning new book with a wonderful fairytale twist

Jill and Dragon by Lesley Barnes

Jill and Dragon practically leapt off the shelf at me, and when my eyes locked on its uniquely vibrant illustrative style I just knew this was a book I would fall in love with. More than just a pretty face, this is a great book about fairy tale endings that is not quite what you would expect. Come take a look.

So many stories end with a “happily ever after” that we don’t often question whether everyone in our story actually is happy at the end. When Jill’s storybook ends this way, she realises that while the people in the kingdom are happy, the poor Dragon is not. So she sets out to rewrite the fairytale ending.

Jill and Dragon by Lesley Barnes

Jill is a bold character who is excellently depicted by the bold artistic style of author and illustrator Lesley Barnes. Not surprisingly, this book has been released by the Tate Modern in London, and you may recognise Lesley’s gorgeous style from the popular magazine for children, Anorak. It’s a fabulous way to introduce your child into the world of contemporary art through a story they will love.

The character of Jill is particularly inspiring for girls as she is brazen, intelligent and independent. Her relationship with Dragon is heartwarming and she sets about rewriting the well-worn storybook ending through lateral thinking and trying a range of new things.

Jill and Dragon by Lesley Barnes

Of course the book ends with an even happier ending than the cliché “happily ever after” could offer at the start. This is a book that appeals to bright minds and delivers the message that everyone has a hidden talent, with incomparable stylistic flair. You can pick up a copy of Jill and Dragon from Book Depository.

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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