It only takes one strike! A powerful feminist reworking of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, from bestselling and award-winning creators Emma Carroll and Lauren Child.
Bridie works hard to feed her family, selling matches on the streets of Victorian London. After an incident leaves her with only three matches left, the magical strike of each one sees her tumble into visions of a brighter future. Realizing she has the power to change her own fortune, Bridie leads the match factory workers out on strike, achieving the remarkable through their unity and courage.
A defiant and empowering retelling of the classic you thought you knew, based on real-life events, this stunning collaboration brought to life in glorious spot colour introduces a bold new heroine for future generations to treasure.
Emma Carroll is the multi award-winning author of many bestselling historical stories, including Secrets of a Sun King, Letters from the Lighthouse, The Week at World’s End and A Night at the Frost Fair. With a background as an English teacher, her stories are often magical, and always led by a cast of impressive female characters. She lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two talkative terriers.
Lauren Child is an award-winning artist and writer. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Charlie and Lola, Ruby Redfort and standalone picture books including The New Small Person and The Pesky Rat. With a unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, she is one of the most influential and innovative creators of her generation and served as Children’s Laureate 2017-19. She holds a CBE for services to literature, is a Fellow of the Foundling Museum and was a trustee of the House of Illustration for 10 years.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (September 15, 2022)
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