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The Happy Prince

A Tale by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, Maisie Paradise Shearring


A poignant and classic story retold with charming new illustrations

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'One night a swallow arrived in the city. He was on his way to Egypt to meet his friends, but he decided to rest on the feet of the statue. The swallow was very happy with his golden perch. But as he drifted off to sleep, a large drop of water fell on him. This was odd, because the night sky was clear and warm. Then another drop fell on him. When the third drop fell, the swallow wondered if he should find a new place to sleep. Then he looked up...'

So begins Maisie Paradise Shearring's beautifully rendered interpretation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale. Maisie's award-winning illustrations offer a fresh and lively take on this much-loved story, which will move and enthral a new generation of children.

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'A thing of beauty … Maisie Paradise Shearring’s illustrations […] are extraordinary'
Sunday Times

'Delicious, alternately panoramic and intimate … full of the kind of detail that keen little eyes love'
Littlest Librarian

'Emotional, nuanced and tear-enducing … Maisie Paradie Shearring’s illustrations make the classic Oscar Wilde tale relevant for a new generation'
Two in a Teepee

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 28.0 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Publication date: 22 March 2018

ISBN: 9780500651551

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. He is known for his acclaimed works including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest as well as his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality.

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an acclaimed illustrator from Hull. In 2015 she won the International Award for Illustration at Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Thames & Hudson recently published her interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic story, The Happy Prince.

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