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From the legendary Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross comes this modern fable for the image-obsessed.

The most beautiful girl in the whole of the school is Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool – but Lucinda Belinda felt it was her duty to guide all her friends in the subject of beauty. Lucinda becomes the scourge of family and friends, criticising big bottoms and moustaches (especially her grandma's) until everyone avoids her. So when Lucinda meets a monster in the forest, she decides it's her mission to make-over this scary creature. Unfortunately changing its outside does not change what's inside – as Lucinda Belinda discovers!

Reviews

A great anti-body-shaming lesson, poking fun at the shallowness of people who think looks and grooming are supremely important.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

A great cautionary tale from a winning combination

Guardian, The Best New Children's Books

This is a brilliant piece of comic verse, wonderfully illustrated by Tony Ross, and should be recited to and by children up and down the country for their delight and edification. Superb!

Andrea Reece, Lovereading4Kids

A cautionary tale with a dark bite.

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Tongue-pleasingly melodious text

BookTrust

Known as the 'dream team', writer Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross do not disappoint in this children's book for the image obsessed.

Early Years Educator

One of my all-time favourites... The poetry is brilliant and it's hilariously funny (and fun) to read. With illustrations by Tony Ross, the story of Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool really comes to life.

The School Librarian

Told in verse with often unexpected and funny rhymes, any child between one and a hundred will want to read this book over and over again.

Armadillo Magazine

The humour found in both artwork and text keep the tone light, but the warning nonetheless is there: don't let appearances ever fool you. A perfect companion to their also fabulous Chicken Clicking.

Library Mice

Willis and Ross have together concocted a cracking cautionary tale of the truly hilarious kind.

Red Reading Hub

A brilliant picture book that manages to be as cool as a pop star.

MinervaReads

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781783442034

    July 17, 2017

    Andersen

    32 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Hardback

    9781783442027

    July 18, 2016

    Andersen

    32 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781448188369

    May 5, 2016

    Andersen Digital

    32 pages

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