Review: The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid

We were chosen to review the children’s book ‘The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid‘ by Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard.

 The Sea Witch has a wicked plot to trick the Little Mermaid – can anybody help?

Dive into an underwater adventure with the fabulous fairytale hairdresser. This twist on the classic fairytale features swimming sweethearts, soulful singing and sparkling seaside styles.


Here’s an interview with Abie and Lauren, the author and illustrator:

I sat down to enjoy the story with my almost 6 year old daughter N… She was instantly excited that the little mermaid, or, ‘Ariel’ as she was more commonly known in our house, was on the cover!

Once settled into the story, of course, you realise it isn’t Ariel as such, the leading lady in this story is a little mermaid called Coral, though, of course, this is based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic story.

Now as a parent, I have to be brutally honest and say I didn’t find much depth to this version. It was the story of the Little Mermaid of course, but ended with the mermaid becoming famous for her singing. What I don’t want to take away from the book are the the beautiful illustrations. The cover is glittery and eye catching, and my daughter absolutely loved spotting all of the fairytale characters throughout.  The ilulstrations are clever and there’s lots to spot for both children and adults alike.

Conclusion: My almost 6 year old loved the illustrations, but perhaps she’s just a little on the old side for this particular version now?

L xxx


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