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!
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 combinationGuardian, 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 textBookTrust
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.MinervaReads
A dream team of writer and illustratorThe Times