The Heart of Glass


Hilarious third book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series which began with the popular The Robe of Skulls and features many of the same much-loved characters. It is a fine day for dwarf watching – at least that is what Gracie Gillypott and Prince Marcus think when they set out, quite unaware that Princess Marigold of Dreghorn has set her sights on Marcus, and decided to follow him to the ends of the earth – fan, frilly petticoats and all. All is not well; the dwarves are overworked and underpaid, having been expected to produce extra gold for wedding crowns for the wedding of Fedora and Prince Tertius; to deal with the problem, the Chief of Works sends for a couple of trolls who have an agenda of their own – to find a princess for their leader, who believes True Love will melt his heart of glass. Gracie is mistaken for a princess, Marigold gets in everyone’s way, Gubble is forced to make a terrible choice … but fortunately Marlon and Alf are there to save the day.

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French takes the fairy-tale format and twists it into a funny, frenetic adventure with lots of inventive plot and eccentric characters which will draw in girls and boys with a taste for the fantastical and off-beat humour — Sally Morris ― Daily Mail

Delightfully witty and exciting ― The Independent on Sunday

A genuinely funny story with a range of highly original characters, lively dialogue and extraordinary events. ― School Librarian Journal

About the Author

 Vivian French is a professional story-teller as well as an acclaimed children’s author who has written over 40 picture books and novels for Walker Books alone.

Winner of the MacMillan Children’s Book Prize, he illustrates books including the ‘Tales from the Five Kingdoms’ series by Vivian French.

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Vivian French

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Ideal age

9 Years and up