Bold Tales for Brave-hearted Boys
Allen & Unwin, 2019
128pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
“Bold: typically describes one who is willing to take risks; who is brave in heart as well as deed.”
In this new collection of rewritten, remastered fairy tales featuring Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Prince Leo and the Sleeping Princess, Susannah McFarlane editor of Stuff Happens one of my favourite series for boys, shows that there is more to brave than brawn and bravado slaying dragons and rescuing damsels in distress. It’s about doing what’s right, being clever and honest, that how you do something is as important as what you do.
Illustrated by Simon Howe, Matt Huynh, Louie Joyce and Brenton McKenna, four of our leading illustrators, in a style that takes the book beyond the realm of the cutsey, Disneyfied fairytale, it is the perfect companion to Fairytales for Feisty Girls which turns Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Thumbelina around to meet the demands of the modern young lady.
Designed for independent readers in novel format with chapters within each story, it is ideal for re-engaging young students with the traditional tales of childhood literature and start discussions about how things change over time to meet the needs of the audience – these are indeed a long way from the didactic tales of Grimm et al whose purpose was to scare little ones into doing the right thing because of the dire consequences that awaited if they didn’t.