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  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448188369
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool

From the legendary Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross comes this modern fable for the image-obsessed.

The most beautiful girl in the whole of the school is Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool – but Lucinda Belinda felt it was her duty to guide all her friends in the subject of beauty. Lucinda becomes the scourge of family and friends, criticising big bottoms and moustaches (especially her grandma's) until everyone avoids her. So when Lucinda meets a monster in the forest, she makes it her mission to make-over this scary creature. Unfortunately changing its outside does not change what's inside – as Lucinda Belinda discovers!

  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448188369
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the authors

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband.

Tony Ross

Tony Ross served in the RAF between 1940 and 1946, reaching the rank of wing commander and being awarded the DFC. After the war, he enjoyed a long career in marketing, before retiring in 1990. He married Joan Charles in 1946 and they remained married until Joan's death in 2006. Tony lives in France and will celebrate his 90th birthday in 2011.

Praise for Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool

A great anti-body-shaming lesson, poking fun at the shallowness of people who think looks and grooming are supremely important.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

A great cautionary tale from a winning combination

Guardian, The Best New Children's Books

This is a brilliant piece of comic verse, wonderfully illustrated by Tony Ross, and should be recited to and by children up and down the country for their delight and edification. Superb!

Andrea Reece, Lovereading4Kids

A cautionary tale with a dark bite.

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Tongue-pleasingly melodious text


Known as the 'dream team', writer Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross do not disappoint in this children's book for the image obsessed.

Early Years Educator

One of my all-time favourites... The poetry is brilliant and it's hilariously funny (and fun) to read. With illustrations by Tony Ross, the story of Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool really comes to life.

The School Librarian

Told in verse with often unexpected and funny rhymes, any child between one and a hundred will want to read this book over and over again.

Armadillo Magazine

The humour found in both artwork and text keep the tone light, but the warning nonetheless is there: don't let appearances ever fool you. A perfect companion to their also fabulous Chicken Clicking.

Library Mice

Willis and Ross have together concocted a cracking cautionary tale of the truly hilarious kind.

Red Reading Hub

A brilliant picture book that manages to be as cool as a pop star.


A dream team of writer and illustrator

The Times

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