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  • Published: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448121298
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Blackberry Blue

And Other Fairy Tales

Step into a magical world of enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches . . .
A breathtaking collection of six brand-new fairytales by award-winning author Jamila Gavin.

Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches . . .

Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

  • Published: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448121298
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the authors

Jamila Gavin

Jamila’s first book, The Magic Orange Tree, was published in 1979 and she has since been writing steadily, producing critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories.

Richard Collingridge

Richard Collingridge was born in London, studied Illustration at the University of the West of England, graduating in 2008, and now lives in Paris.

At about the age of five Richard noticed that real people didn't look like a bunch of sticks with a circle on the top. But to his amazement, no one else in his classroom, including the teachers, seemed to be able to see this. So with this secret in mind, he decided that when he grew up, he wanted to draw pictures for a living.

He has always enjoyed creating different worlds and universes for his non-stick people, and after illustrating book covers and other people's stories, he decided to put some words next to his own drawings. This seemed to work rather well and resulted in Richard's stunning début picture book, When it Snows.

Praise for Blackberry Blue

These joyful stories are a delight.

The Times

Love, sacrifice and endurance are foregrounded in these timeless-feeling tales, delivered in language as sharp and sweet as the ripe fruit of the title. An instant classic, subtly enriched by Richard Collingridge's delicate, shadowy illustrations.


Jamila Gavin is one of our most consistently good writers of fiction for children young and old […] the feel is timeless, but the stories are all original, touched with the magic of Gavin’s vibrant and varied imagination.

Independent on Sunday

Gavin’s six stories are spooky, engaging and refreshing in their originality. Complemented by Richard Collingridge’s atmospheric illustrations, this lovely book deserves to become a classic.

Marilyn Brocklehurst, Bookseller

Absolutely gorgeous . . . Perfect for sharing and for reading alone, I can't recommend Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy Tales highly enough.

The Bookbag

All the traditional elements of fairy tales are here, making this storytelling at its best.

Vanessa Lewis, Bookseller

Beautifully told, magical, dark and mysterious in the best fairytale tradition . . . these are exactly the stories a 21st century classroom needs. The stories will be a joy to read aloud but the beautiful illustrations by the talented Richard Collingridge are crying out to be appreciated by an individual reader tucked away in a classroom book corner.


The collection of stories were fantastic. There are six altogether and I would have problems picking out my favourite to be honest, I loved them all.


The quality of the stories is second to none and adults will enjoy reading them with their children just as much as the kids themselves. A real winner, and should be up for several literary prizes

Books Monthly

A stunning collection of mystical fairy tales, Blackberry Blue is packed with picturesque moments that will bewitch readers


Six enchanting examples in the best tradition of storytelling . . . A treat for the nines-plus.

Newbury Weekly News

I fell in love with it . . . an important, essential, beautiful collection of stories.


The talented Jamila Gavin is an author to watch and these refreshingly original and exciting stories are guaranteed to enchant children of every age.

Lancashire Evening Post

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairytales is a beautifully written collection of stories that belongs on pretty much everybody's bookshelf. The descriptions that the author gives of these wonderful worlds are just magical and it is so easy to lose yourself in those words. Even though the stories are fairly short I fell deeply into the world created by the author every time and ended up feeling disappointed at the end of each story because I didn't want it to end . . . These stories are beautiful and magical and are perfect for older children and grown-ups alike.


An extraordinary and charming read for any young girl or boy.

Formby Books

It is the storytelling and the language that gives the collection the power to entrance; to be drawn into the spell of the story . . . I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the reading.

Teaching English Magazine

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