The Princess and the Mirror
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The illustration on our cover is taken from Stories for Children by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by P J Lynch, 0 7500 0302 2, £10.00 (see Fairy Tale Favourites). The book is published by Simon & Schuster and we're grateful to them for help in using this illustration.
A long and quite complex picture book in the jokey fairy tale genre. Princess Alice is very vain and also has to choose a prince to marry. She sets all the suitors tasks around the house, but it's Prince Andrew, and his problem with a monster, who shows her other uses for her mirror and wins her hand. Traditional in form with a lot of modern jokes, this appealed to younger juniors who enjoyed the racy style and cartoony drawings.