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The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella – Abie Longstaff / Lauren Beard

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella is a great modern twist on a traditional fairy story. The inclusion of so many well known fairytale and nursery rhyme characters makes this a really great book for ‘people spotting’!

The Story: Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in the land and when everybody gets an invitation to the palace ball she advertises for help in her hair salon. Enter Cinderella who is a very quick learner. The day of the ball arrives and Kittie and Cinderella spend hours doing the Queen’s hair. On their way out they bump into the prince who asks if he will see them later. Cinderella hesitates but Kittie takes her home, lends her a dress and does her hair. The Prince and Cinderella finally get to dance together and you know the rest…………. (although maybe you didn’t know that they also help out at Kittie’s salon when they can!).

This book takes us a long time to read as we spend ages looking out for fairytale and nursery rhyme characters. Lauren Beard’s lovely illustrations include so many details that aren’t included in the text. The Ugly Sisters make their presence known by throwing away Cinderella’s invitation and although they appear again later in the book they are not mentioned at all in the text. The prince is introduced pictorially a few pages before we are told who he is and the range of characters that come to the hairdressers (and the treatments that they have) provide us with lots of entertainment. The Fairy Godmother also goes to the ball (it is obviously her night off!) as Kittie is Cinderella’s godmother in this story. Little details, for example Cinderella’s glass hair clip, give an original twist to the story.

This is a lovely story with fabulously detailed illustrations (including a glittery cover and a glittery wedding page). It gives great opportunities for revisiting other nursery rhymes and fairy stories and provides lots of scope for discussion about what happens at the hairdressers.

Quote from Jessica aged four: “Why have they got hairy legs?” (in reference to the Ugly Sisters who could have made more effort when getting ready for the ball!).

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Abie Longstaff / Illustrator: Lauren Beard

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11 responses to “The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella – Abie Longstaff / Lauren Beard”

  1. Narrowboat Wife avatar

    I love it when someone gives a twist to an old fairy tale favourite. I sort of dream about writing one myself one day!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Then you should follow your dream 🙂 Do you have a twisted fairytale favourite?

      1. Narrowboat Wife avatar

        I saw a book read on CBeebies about ‘Shampoozel’ which was a modern Rapunzel. Is that the Fairytale Hairdresser?
        Yes one day I will write a fairytale. I have some good boaty ideas, but am following too many dreams at once already to start that one! lol. x

        1. Catherine avatar

          Shampoozel is a different book – there are so many twisted fairytales to choose from at the moment!

  2. Erica @What Do We Do All Day? avatar

    This sounds fun! I love fairy tales. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

  3. sustainablemum avatar

    I just bought this book for a friend of my youngest for her birthday, she loves it!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love it too! Thanks for visiting Story Snug 🙂

  4. Barbara Mojica avatar

    A delightful and innovative twist to the traditional tale. Glitter and glow plus vivid illustrations will charm any young lady!

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are fantastic, especially the little details in Kittie’s salon (including Humpty’s shell polish!).

  5. Reshama avatar

    Oh my, all that glitter is going to be very popular with girls. We would love to read this one at our next playdate! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome, it seems to be popular with parents too. The ones I have shown it to had great fun finding all the characters in the pictures and a great trip down memory lane!