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Win!! A New Children’s Book: The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty

WIN!!!  A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Book’s book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Abie Longstaff’s brand new book, The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty.  A new story book based on the classic fairytale. We have 3 brand new copies to giveaway!!

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Together with illustrator Lauren Beard, Abie Longstaff has created a series of modern children stories based on classic fairytales.

The latest in this series is The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty.

Other books in the series, based on the classic stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel have been children’s book best sellers.

The stories bring absolutely classic and treasured stories right into the modern age, with a hairdresser, Kitty Lacey, now amongst the heart of the story telling.

Lulu has even got in on the act, choosing a Fairytale Hairdresser book to read on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories.

All you need to do to enter is give to tell us who you think would be the perfect person to wake you up from a deep sleep?

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty.




I’m not sure we have such a sparkly and pretty book on our Tidy Books bookcase.  The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty is very much a pretty affair, it uses lovely pastel colours, and raised glitter effects in certain places, but that doesn’t mean it is all ‘airy fairy’ if you’ll pardon the pun.

The story is obviously centred on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.  Falling asleep at the prick of her finger, to be woken by the true love of her prince.  All very delicate and whimsical for fans of prince and princesses tales.  Basing the story telling on a hairdresser gives the book a modern twist, and perhaps makes it much easier for a child to relate to.

Knowing the Dear Zoo story helps with this book, and it probably works best as an accompaniment rather than as a stand alone children’s book.  The text and illustrations are still charming, and the book encourages children to interact with them, as well as perhaps prompting the reader to think a little more of pets and animals away from the book.

The illustrations are brilliant, but the text is also great.  Perhaps a little more challenging than you may expect, but very helpful to expand a child’s vocabulary and add emphasis to the story. The ‘enchanted thicket’, and ‘ferocious weeds’, are a couple of my favourite expressions from the book.



Helen is an early years foundation stage leader. She’s responsible for the education of over 150 three to six year-olds. Helen has over a decade’s experience in early years learning, and this is what she thinks of The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty.

“This book provides a great opportunity for children to hunt and spot fairytale characters”

“As it’s based on a tale that lots of children will know, they will be able to anticipate what happens next in the story, and find relating to it much easier.”

“I love the glitter, and the way it is used amongst the beautiful illustrations.  They encouraged me to read the story, rather than get distracted by them, and I think it would be the same for children.”

“The language used in perhaps aiming at the 5+ age bracket, and I guess they would feel quite grown up reading it.  However it would definitely be a good story to have for shared reading with smaller children, again perhaps – when used with a group – getting children to spot characters and guessing what will happen next.”

So that’s what we made of The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty and we have three brand new copies of it to giveaway.

To be in with a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment telling us who you think would be the perfect person to wake you up from a deep sleep?  

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174 thoughts on “Win!! A New Children’s Book: The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty

  1. Avatar sofia ramso says:

    my adorable son!

  2. Avatar Keri Jones says:

    My husband because no doubt I wouldn’t look my best, & he loves me no matter what so it’d be ok 🙂

  3. Avatar nat eveleigh says:

    my beautiful children and husband 🙂

  4. Avatar nina clarke says:

    i think i would have to say a famous person like phill the power taylor dart play

  5. Avatar Kirsty Bartlett says:

    I already have he perfect wake up two beautiful toddlers my son Lyle and daughter Ellis, they can brighten any day it can have a chance of showers though 😉

  6. I would have to be woken by a handsome prince of course, but it might be fun to be woken by a cute green dragon!

  7. Avatar Laura Miller says:

    I already have the perfect people waking me from a deep sleep daily! They are cute and short and kinda look like me! I LOVE my kids!

  8. Avatar Katrina LaRose says:

    My big brother! When we were little he was the only one who could get me up in the morning! Sometimes it involved a cup of water, but usually it was just him singing "wake up, wake up you sleepy head…." Love him!!

  9. Avatar Nancy Torres says:

    The perfect person will be Derek Jeter loo

  10. Avatar Pat B says:

    My daughters!

  11. Avatar maddalena dalton says:

    my lovely husband

  12. Avatar Gaynor brown says:

    Both my gorgeous boys Connor & Callum they are experts at this lol xx

  13. Avatar maddalena dalton says:

    my lovely husband

  14. Avatar Asta Neely says:

    No one, I would like to wake naturally for once! Failing that my husband 🙂

  15. Avatar Laura W. says:

    If I am in a deep sleep, I am sure I would miss my family while I was sleeping. So I would like my two little boys to wake me up!

  16. Avatar Kathleen e says:

    My little girls!

  17. Avatar Florence Cochrane says:

    Prince Charming

  18. Avatar Florence says:

    Prince Charming

  19. Avatar Aisling Callaghan says:

    I think it should be my daughter as a magical fairy who could do good deeds for everyone around us 🙂

  20. Avatar Joy Bardell says:

    it would be my little girl who likes to wake us up most mornings by singing to us at the end of our bed

  21. Avatar Amy Bull says:

    My own personal chef with a tray full of goodies for breakfast which I would share with my son and hubby obviously lol xx

  22. Avatar hannah welsh says:

    Robert Pattinson but don’t tell my daughter!!

  23. Avatar Amy Bull says:

    My own personal chef with a tray full of breakfast goodies which I would share with my hubby and son obviously lol xx

  24. Avatar Sharon Adetoro says:

    It would have to be Patrick swayze’s character in dirty dancing – Johnny – nobody puts baby in the corner, but I shall settle for that in my dreams and enjoy my morning snuggles from little cuties

  25. Avatar Laura Silver says:

    Christian Bale in his Batman attire.. pwooar! 😉

  26. Avatar Judy Hunting says:

    I love when my son wakes me up 🙂

  27. Avatar Mrs Diana Corke says:

    The children i care 4.

  28. Avatar Mrs Diana Corke says:

    The children i care 4.

  29. Avatar Siân Vranken says:

    Anyone! As long as they bring cake 😉

  30. Avatar Caroline Chalk says:

    My beautiful baby boy

  31. Avatar mariella hoekstra says:

    my loving hubby

  32. Avatar Julia McElhone says:

    My Fiancé Leon andy son Luke

  33. Avatar Shona Angus says:

    Oooohh, maybe Robbie Williams! Shhh, if my husband asks, I said him! 🙂 xxx

  34. Avatar clare Bolter says:

    My daughter if she could safely make tea so will have to be my husband!!

  35. Avatar Jenny & William says:

    When I asked my son (who is nearly 3) who he would like to wake him up in the morning he said ‘Alice’. Alice is the little girl who lives next door & is two years older than him!!

  36. Avatar sheonad says:

    Eddie izzard… he.d giggle me awake 🙂

  37. Avatar Jenna Keller says:

    Apart from my children I’d say zac effron or Orlando bloom haha!

  38. Avatar Elizabeth Rushton says:

    My two daughters are the only faces I’d want to see.

  39. Avatar JoBeth says:

    my kids they always do and I love it

  40. Avatar Elaine Dale says:

    my husband, we’ve been married almost 35 years and he still makes me go weak at the knees – lol

  41. Avatar lauren says:

    It would be lovely for my Daughter to wake me up from a deep sleep – oh wait she does every single night. Wouldn’t change her for the world though.

  42. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    My little girl – she’s the only person who can get me to wake up with a smile on my face 🙂

  43. Avatar abby carroll says:

    my youngest daughter, she pulls such funny faces that it would make me smile

  44. Avatar Sally Millard says:

    A friend who I’ve not seen for ages perhaps. It would be a lovely surprise. But everyday just one of my little lovelies or my hubby.

  45. Avatar Tiffany Ann wills says:

    By my little girl with a sloppy kiss and cude xo

  46. Avatar Victoria S says:

    My daughter is the perfect person to wake me from a deep sleep. she is always bright and cheery and would surely be a welcomed wake up call!

  47. Avatar Irfana Raza says:

    My adorable son and my loving husband! 🙂 xx

  48. Avatar Glenn Marvell-James says:

    Correct answer: My beautiful wife

    Fantasy answer: Billie Piper

  49. Avatar Hazel Markland says:

    Has to be my little boy as he always makes me smile xx

  50. Avatar JANE BAKER says:

    Lee Evans as he would make me laugh when I awoke. lol

  51. Avatar Bev Stidston says:

    My darling little Grand Daughter!

  52. Avatar Sammie says:

    I should say my 2 children and my husband… but…. I love my dog hee,hee

  53. Avatar Amie Nicholson says:

    I would like to be woken from a deep sleep by my husband and son bringing lots of cuddles and breakfast in bed. xxx

  54. Avatar Joana Santos says:

    My newborn baby girl!!

  55. Avatar Victoria leedham says:

    Johnny depp failing that my partner 😉

  56. Avatar claire woods says:

    Mark Owen please!

  57. My Labrador Benji often wakes me from a deep sleep – My dream awaken-er would be my lovely husband 🙂 xxx

  58. Avatar wendy stanger says:

    my kids with a cuddle and a kiss

  59. Avatar joanne newbould says:

    my grandson he makes me happy

  60. Avatar Tracy Nixon says:

    My four kids and chihuahua pup! – seeing their smiling faces would wake me up and make me want to get up too!

  61. Avatar lornakennedy says:

    my son he only two but once he can read ahh bring tears to my eyes

  62. Avatar lornakennedy says:

    my two year old son once he can read it would bring a tear to eye when he can 🙂 x

  63. Avatar Elaine Savage says:

    my grandaughter because she is gentle and kind

  64. Avatar Elaine Savage says:

    my grandaughter becuase she is gentle and kind

  65. Avatar lisa sargent says:

    My Granddaughter or Grandson who both live with me 🙂

  66. Avatar Karen Barrett says:

    My very own Prince Charming, Andy, my husband.

  67. Avatar sam schofield says:

    it would have to be my dog scooby he is always ready and waiting to wake me !

  68. Avatar Clair Dukes says:

    My beautiful children x

  69. Avatar Lacy savage says:

    My children bringing me breakfast in bed! I have a while yes as they are only 1 and 4!

  70. Avatar Kat Fensom says:

    My little girl often does!

  71. Avatar Amy Beckett says:

    Our puppy Kali – Your can’t get grumpy with those puppy dog eyes

  72. Avatar toni quandt says:

    A doctor

  73. Avatar Val Hartley says:

    The handsome prince.

  74. Avatar Catherine says:

    I would love my Grandma to wake me from a deep sleep with a big slice of her delicious cherry cake.

  75. Avatar Catherine says:

    I would love it if my Grandma woke me up from a deep sleep with a piece of her delicious cherry cake 🙂

  76. Avatar dannielle robinson says:

    My gorgeous daughter Katy May, can’t think of anything better. x

  77. Avatar Kalykee says:

    My two adorable kids.

  78. Avatar Becki Blackburn says:

    My two children

  79. Avatar Stephanie Tsang says:

    Orlando Bloom.

  80. Avatar susan alison says:

    my lovely husband as he accepts me as i am and understands that i don’t always look perfect

  81. Avatar Evelyn Moffat says:

    My niece’s dog lol

  82. Avatar BRYAN CLARK says:

    A Camelot winner’s counsellor letting me know I’ve won the lottery!

  83. Avatar Diana Semionova says:

    My baby and her daddy :}

  84. Avatar Debra G says:

    my hubby

  85. Avatar jodie harvey says:

    johnny depp :O xx

  86. Avatar Catherine McAlinden says:

    My four year old daughter. She wakes up really happy, and comes in to my room talking a blue streak about random funny nonsense.

  87. Avatar martina mckenna says:

    my husband, because he works in the middle east i only see him for two weeks every 4 months…..and my grandson, i love waking to the sound of his little voice when he sleeps over

  88. Avatar tamalyn roberts says:

    george clooney! now thats a dream come true lol

  89. Avatar Danielle says:

    All 3 of my beautiful children. Best wake up method would be to have all three jump on my bed and RAHHHHHHH!

  90. Avatar Kirsten Barthy says:

    my daughter – even if it’s in the middle of the night

  91. Avatar Karen Barrett says:

    Liam Neeson ! x

  92. Avatar Lucy says:

    David Beckham please!!! :o)

  93. Avatar Jenette ogborn says:

    Robbie williams x

  94. Avatar julie says:

    it would have to be my partner and my children they are my world and can wake me up any time day or night 🙂 x

  95. Avatar Juiie Boccara says:

    As one of the children wake me up every day …think i might have to pick Robert Downey Jr ….just for a change !!

  96. Avatar Joanne penketh says:

    Would have to be David Beckham for me 🙂

  97. Avatar Terri stammers says:

    That would be my gorgeous son every morning I wake up to him smiling that’s enough to wake me up from a deep sleep

  98. Avatar Terri stammers says:

    My gorgeous son it’s the best thing to wake up too from a deep sleep with his beautiful smile

  99. Avatar christy beckett says:

    My Dad I would love to be woken by him 🙁

  100. Avatar Karen says:

    I’m going to go with my daughter! As long as she doesn’t wake me before 8 a.m! haha

  101. Avatar cheryl hadfield says:

    My Prince Charming..my hubby

  102. id lov paul hollywood the baker to wake me up in the morning, well we are talking about fairy tales after all!

  103. Avatar Sandra Dupal says:

    My family. Right now we are going threw a lot and can not all be together so right now that sounds perfect.

  104. Avatar Rebecca Funnell says:

    My Hubby xxx

  105. Avatar Audrey Griffis says:

    love the idea of tthis book i’d love to wake up to my husband and kids by my side

  106. Avatar Jennifer Mann says:

    Someone who has a large mug of coffee in their hands!

  107. Avatar abigail edkins says:

    it would have to be alan carr, he’s so funny that Id have a smile on my face from the time I got up

  108. Avatar Claire Butler says:

    my gorgeous son, he always makes me smile

  109. Avatar zoe lucas says:

    My husband he is my rock in my life:D

  110. Avatar Sarah Harris says:

    My beautiful little princess but she can’t walk yet so may be difficult!!!!

  111. Avatar Sarah Bull says:

    Correct answer should be my husband, but I wouldn’t say no to David Beckham!

  112. Avatar Jemma Steel says:

    It would have to be my two children as they are the ones that always wake me from my slumber.

  113. Avatar Brie H says:

    My kids Joseph and Abby

  114. Avatar mandarin831 says:

    I would love to be awoken by Colin o’donoghue (Hook from Once Upon A Time)! He’s so cute!

  115. Avatar Jennifer Burdett says:

    My two adorable little children, William and Maisie!

  116. Avatar Kimberly Schotz says:

    My handsome hubby!

  117. I would love to be woken up by a tall dark handsome man, carrying breakfast on a tray with flowers too x

  118. Avatar Susan Pinczes says:

    my husband with a breakfast on a tray 🙂

  119. Avatar Ashley Tsang says:

    It would be certainly woken up by both of my Prince Charming ‘sun’ true love who are brightening in my life! Life is a miracle after having them all ^_*

  120. Avatar Ashley Tsang says:

    It would be certainly woken up by both of my Prince Charming ‘sun’ who are brightening my life. Life is full of miracles after having them both ^_*

  121. Avatar Ashley Tsang says:

    It would be certainly woken up by both of my Prince Charming ‘sun’ who are brightening my life. Life is full of miracles after having them both ^_*

  122. Avatar Kat Emerick says:

    My husband, of course!

  123. Avatar Sarah says:

    my 2 boys, but a little later in the morning would be nice 😀

  124. Avatar Jamie says:

    My husband or my son! They make my days bright and worthwhile!

  125. Avatar Allie says:

    I woulds like my child and husband to wake me up

  126. Avatar Jenna says:

    My husband and kids.

  127. Avatar Clare says:

    My 3 princesses and my partner! I cannot wait for Xmas in a couple of years all 3 off them jumping on our bed, if they don’t do it to me I will wake them up x

  128. Avatar Shirisha Prodduturi says:

    My little girl.

  129. Avatar melissa vladi says:

    my little monkey(daughter!) jumping on the bed!!!!

  130. Avatar malki b says:

    my hubby!

  131. Avatar silvia zimbone says:

    Kevin Costener!!!:D

  132. Avatar Kirsty Greer says:

    My husband and 2 daughters of course! Xx

  133. Avatar Jasmin says:

    A prince.

  134. Avatar Kerry says:

    My gorgeous son with a beautiful kiss and cuddle

  135. Avatar gillian burden says:

    prince charming lol

  136. Avatar maxine goodefllow says:


  137. Avatar zoey deacon says:

    my 2 daughters 🙂

  138. Avatar Victoria Cunniff says:

    The man from the National Lottery telling me he was delivering my winning cheque!

  139. Avatar ANITA ATHERLEY says:

    My gorgeous little princess giving me early morning snuggles..not too early though!

  140. Avatar Debbie Ann Cardy says:

    Oooh….maybe Johnny Depp…..with a large bar of chocolate…

  141. Avatar katrina walsh says:

    My border terrier, Mister Sweep – he wakes me every morning with a sloppy kiss whether I like it or not – this would be a dream for him!

  142. Avatar Carole says:

    My lovely little grand daughter, always a joy to wake up with her.

  143. Avatar Kate Stevens says:

    My dad as he sadly passed away last year and to see him one more time, or my precious baby’s as there smiles melt my heart

  144. Avatar Lori Thomas says:

    My husband

  145. Avatar vivian allman says:

    have to be prince charming himself…………………… as he does when he wants to be fed… he is my cat and does it every morning…..

  146. Avatar charlotte wills says:

    It would have to be my 3 precious puppies they are there for me know matter what and my husband is usually at work by the time im awoken from my deep sleep lol

  147. Avatar Jenette ogborn says:

    My wonderful husband

  148. Avatar sam bailey says:

    James Martin the chef! He would waltz up wearing nothing but an apron, with home made fresh chocolate cake ready to spoon feed me………. okay yeah he’ll do 😉

  149. Avatar Andrea McCullough says:

    My brilliant husband holding my baby son. Love when he brings him into my room to wake me up.

  150. Avatar Michelle Reidy says:

    I’d love to be woken by my 2 wonderful kids who will have made me breakfast in bed and a pot of tea!!

  151. Avatar Joy Dehany says:

    My lovely hubby

  152. Avatar sarah punter says:

    got tobe jon bon jovi, my prince charming lol

  153. Avatar Laura says:

    My daughter.

  154. Avatar Aneta Coward says:

    I would love to be woken up by a sun on my face,beautiful views and the sound of waves.:))))

  155. Avatar Shelley Robinson says:

    My daughters – I get to have this dream often!!

  156. Avatar Cleo Sullivan says:

    My daughter said "Minnie Mouse then she can put bows in my hair & Mickey he likes counting ducks" haha!

  157. Avatar Sarah Perrin says:

    My gorgeous son and Hubby. My little boy always runs into our bedroom to wake me up 🙂

  158. Avatar Kate Mo Edwards says:

    hmmm Robert pattison? in my dreams lol would be my husband!

  159. Avatar Claire OBrion says:

    My 3 cuddly babies x

  160. Avatar Pia Stephens says:

    All my lovely boys and that includes my awesome husband x

  161. Avatar Kirsty minors says:

    It would have to be my 3 little monsters, as they are worth waking up to and such fun 🙂

  162. Avatar Penny H says:

    my beautiful grandson with a kiss on my cheek 🙂

  163. Avatar Emma McCormack says:

    I think it would my 2 children coming in with a nice cup of tea then snuggling back in bed with me to watch morning cartoons. This would be at the weekend.

  164. Avatar Annamarie Riddiford says:

    (Anne Marie on FB) why, Prince Charming of course, who else? I love magic x fingers crossed, what a lovely competition

  165. Avatar Katie Walters says:

    My family after letting me have a lie in

  166. Avatar Tanya Hindes says:

    Any of my children with there big smiles. 🙂 xx

  167. Avatar Clare Jones says:

    I would love to be woken up by my husband …….. Hoovering up downstairs with the smell of cooking bacon and a note on the pillow saying ‘here’s £50 treat yourself!’ Lol

  168. Avatar Jo Twyman says:

    I’m lucky enough to be woken everyday by my beautiful granddaughter Lily. If I could have someone else then my Auntie Lin who died recently of breast cancer so we could have one more chat.

  169. Avatar Holly says:

    It would have to be my sweet Grandkids… Don’t get to see them much, so every moment is special & precious!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  170. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    My gorgeous 3 year old niece,she’s so gentle and loving.

  171. Avatar leah wall says:

    I already wake up to my husband and 2 kids – I wouldn’t change it 🙂

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