Introducing the third children’s book by actor and comedian, Ben Miller. With flavours of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Brothers Grimm, get ready to dive headfirst into an adventure beyond your wildest dreams!
Lana is fed-up of her brother Harrison pretending he’s too grown-up to play games with her now that he’s started senior school. She’s feeling lonely until a trip to a new pop-up supermarket, Grimms, proves a lot more interesting than she’d ever imagined.
Hidden amongst the cut-price toilet rolls and discounted toothpicks are portals to fairytale worlds. But not the sugary sweet happily-ever-after types you might have heard before, but their darker more dangerous cousins!
After finding herself caught up in the tale of Sleeping Beauty, Lana quickly realises that she’s going to need Harrison’s help if she’s to defeat the evil witch. But can she convince her oh-so-grown-up brother to start believing in his imagination and the power of stories before it’s too late?
I think we’ve probably all imagined ourselves participating in a fairytale at some point, but perhaps not in one with quite so many twists and turns as this one. I was glad to see that some of the darkness of the original tales had made its way into this one – children very often have a quite sanitised knowledge of these stories.
Ben’s tale celebrates the importance of stories and a love of reading, alongside the power of the imagination. It was lovely to see Lana and her brother Harrison reconnect with each other as the story went on, working as a team and relying upon each other.
A magical portal adventure with just the right amount of darkness to add spice and depth. A great read for anyone aged 8+
*Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me this title to review*