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Milly and the Mermaids Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444006932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444006933
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 0.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maudie Smith began her career as an actor. She spent years perching on scenery in the back of a van, while touring with a small-scale theatre company. She co-devised many of the plays in which she performed and has also written lyrics for musicals, cabaret and a libretto. In children's theatre, she played well-known characters such as Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and the rose in The Little Prince.

Maudie has an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. She lives in a village near Bath with her screenwriter husband and their two daughters.

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A very easy to read story which captures your imagination and makes you smile at the end (Baby Buzz Magazine Baby Buzz Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Heartwarming picture book about a little girl who dreams of meeting a mermaid, by OPAL MOONBABY author Maudie Smith, and with illustrations by new artist Antonia Woodward - gorgeously finished with glitter foil!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 21 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
For me, Mermaids are a great way to stretch your imagination. Imagine living in an underwater world, swimming with the fishes in a pleasant way (rather than in a Mafioso way). This is exactly the type of excitement that Milly longs for in ‘Milly and the Mermaids’ by Maudie Smith and Antonia Woodward. When her parents take her on a trip to the seaside, all she can think of is finding a Mermaid, but do they really exist?

With its colourful imagery and charming illustrations ‘Milly’ is a fantastic sharing story for young girls aged 3 to 6 who love mermaids. It would be very easy to look at the cover and think this was a straight forward tale about a trip to the seaside that ends in a swim in the sea with a mythical creature. It is actually about wishing for something and not automatically getting what you want (but always be prepared for surprises).

The book begins with Milly trying her best to uncover a Mermaid. She tries all different tactics, but none of them seem to work. A personal favourite is using sand to make her mum look like a Mermaid; this is aped brilliantly later in the book to opposite effect. The slow build up and anticipation of the earlier part of the books makes the payoff far better as the book concludes.

Smith’s story is very charming, but would possibly not be as strong without Woodward’s delightful illustration. She has a soft approach to her drawing that invites you in. Doing this will reveal many secrets in the background; can you spot a fishy secret on some of the pages? One other thing that Woodward’s drawing highlighted to me was that I am getting old; you know this when the illustrated father in children’s books looks younger than you!
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