Shaun Micallef’s debut children’s book with Hardie Grant Egmont out 16 October, 2017


This Christmas, Hardie Grant Egmont is thrilled to be publishing Shaun Micallef’s first ever children’s book, Tales From a Tall Forest.

Releasing 16th October, Tales From a Tall Forest is a rambunctious and subversively silly collection of fairytales that the whole family will treasure.

Shaun Micallef – much-loved Australian comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer and current host of ABC’s Mad As Hell – has previously written three novels for adults, but this is his first book for middle-grade readers (10+ years).

“Growing up, many of my early years were spent as a child,” says Micallef. “That experience has given me special insight into what they enjoy reading. Tales From a Tall Forest is it.”

Unravelling the traditional stories of princesses, castles, evil stepmothers and even more evil witches, Micallef has rewoven these characters and tropes into new and surprising adventures. When you dip inside, you will meet a bevy of familiar and not-so-familiar characters – from a Snow White-esque Princess sent into the forest with a compromised Woodsman, a desperate fisherman who makes a bad bargain with a power-hungry monkey, and a tiny tricksy tailor whose promises get him into trouble.

Publishing as a stunning jacketed hardback with gold-foil detail (RRP AU$29.99), Tales From a Tall Forest also contains more than thirty illustrations from the award-winning picture-book artist Jonathan Bentley (Where Is Bear, A House of Her Own), whose riotous and intricate illustrations channel both Arthur Rackham and Edward Gorey.

“It’s a good job I like drawing trees because this book has a tall, dark and funny forest full of them,” says Jonathan Bentley. “Tales From a Tall Forest was a joy to illustrate and beautifully highlights why I am glad I never got a proper job.”

Set to be one of the most coveted gift books this Christmas, Tales From a Tall Forest will have families laughing together all the way through the silly season.

Tales From a Tall Forest is as witty, cheeky and ridiculously clever as we’ve ever seen from Shaun’s brain and I can’t wait to share his hilarity with kids for the first time. Partnered with the astonishing art of Jonathan Bentley, it feels like I’ve been granted all my magic wishes at once,” says his publisher Marisa Pintado. “It somehow feels like a lost instalment from the Brothers Grimm but with all the satire and adventure of The Princess Bride. You’ll never look at Snow White or Tom Thumb the same way again …!”

More grim than Grimms’, less soppy than Aesop, Tales From a Tall Forest will have you enchanted from the first hilarious page.

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