Jeanne Willis once again proves she is picture book perfection with another wickedly funny story of good intentions gone wrong. Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool is by far the prettiest girl at school, and she’s keen to help everyone else with their beauty regimes to overcome their ‘faults’. Tactless Lucinda picks the wrong model when she tries to give a monster a make-over, and learns the hard way that a beautiful face does not always mean a good heart.
Tony Ross’s classic illustrations are a perfect partner for Willis’s sticky story and Andersen have given it a smart production with cool endpapers, a striking cover and fabulous fonts. As usual, picture books by Ross and Willis transcend general picture book age ranges, offering insights and lessons that are applicable to much older readers. They’re both masters of their craft and together they are an absolute dream team.