Long Live Us is a hilarious fractured fairytale written by Edel Wignell with beautiful watercolour pencil illustrations by Peter Allert.

It features characters from some popular fairytales from around the world.

The Troll (from ‘The Three Billy-goats Gruff’) is the main character, and the fact that he is hungry leads to interaction with characters from five tales.

The Greedy Troll waits for his next meal in a cave under a bridge. There he meets the Three Bears on a quest to bring Goldilocks to justice.

This is a classic tale of Goodies versus Baddies but it doesn’t turn out how you think it might.

Author, Edel Wignell has fun fracturing fairy tales to create surprising stories like Long Live Us which was written for readers aged 6-10. There are clever traps, lucky escapes and unwelcome surprises.

Young readers will also love poring over the detailed illustrations that are full of subtext and layered humour. Peter Allert brings life and colour to his illustrations through vibrant tones and perceptive detail.

Long Live Us will appeal to readers looking for books with colour and humour. It is published by IP Kidz and is also available in e-book format.

Published by

Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.