It’s Christmas Eve, but someone has stolen all the presents – Christmas will be ruined! Can Kittie Lacey help Father Christmas save the day and melt the Snow Queen’s heart?
Just as the magic of the Shrek movies lies in their quirky take on classic characters, The Fairytale Hairdresser books bring unconventional twists to some of our favourite fairytale names. In their latest book, The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas, Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard tell the funny and charming tale of the evil Snow Queen who tries to steal Christmas, and the heroic hairdresser who saves the day.
I sat down with my almost three-year-old son Henry to read this book and watched as the Frozen-mad, Elsa-loving little loon immediately made the connection between the Disney phenomenon and the icy, blue Snow Queen. I had noticed more than a passing resemblance myself. However the Fairytale Hairdresser is a unique story and each page is brimming with clever puns, like shops named Gold-e-locks Locksmiths and Dr B.B. Wolf Opticians (Slogan: All The Better to See You With).
I love puns and I love books with lots to see on each page, so that when I sit down to read them to my kids, they can spend more time pondering over pages and asking questions. And there were a lot of questions with this one, from Henry, because I haven’t told him much about Christmas Eve yet.
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas takes place on Christmas Eve. Just as Father Christmas and his reindeers are ready to visit houses across Fairyland, they discover the evil Snow Queen has stolen all the gifts. The chase her down at the Ice Palace and find out she isn’t pure evil, just a little lonely!
I was worried about a Christmas story that focused on presents but the story talks about the importance of kindness, friendship and sharing at Christmas time.
The illustrations are really lovely and the last pages have texture with glittery ice for all the Fairyland people to skate on. All in all this is a really nice book and it’s cool to have a Christmas tale that’s less than traditional. Henry gave it a thumbs up, but when asked what he liked about it, he said: “I like the part with Elsa from Frozen”.
I’m sure it would appeal more to older kids who understand the wonderful fairytale puns which put a big smile on this big kid’s dial. Even the back of the book had me smiling with fake quotes like: “Yule love this book!” (Rudolph) and “Cool Story!” (Jack Frost). A charming Christmas tale.