Amazing. Every child needs this book on their bookshelf.

Not only do you have the fabulous rhymes that we’ve come to expect from Julia Donaldson, not only are there the awesome illustrations by Axel Scheffler, but they always squeeze in challenging gender stereotypes: a Princess who is neither spoilt nor bullied but a strong, independent character; and a Prince who is willing to show his masculinity not just in being prepared to fight but also prepared to consider another option and try something new.

An amazing book to show you that not all dragons are bad, not all princesses are spoilt and love pink, not all Princes want to fulfil their pre-defined roles. And that sometimes, with practice, and a little help from your friends, you can succeed and get a gold star.

Buy or borrow it now! There are currently 23 copies available for loan in the Surrey Libraries network, and although recommended for 5 – 12 year olds, our 3 year old loved every page.