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The Restless Girls Reviews

The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett

The Restless Girls

Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett

5.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 27 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781408886915

A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.

  • The BooksellerEditor's Choice
5 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
15 Jun 2018

"Barrett's sophisticated, elegant full-colour illustrations are a knockout."

Feminist reimaginings of fairytales have been a key 2018 trend and none so captivating as The Miniaturist author's children's debut. Burton takes The Brothers Grimm's Twelve Dancing Princesses and swings the camera to tell the tale from the perspective of the girls, dispensing with the princes entirely. In a seductive world of jazz music and sparkling lights, it's a story of family, sisterhood, freedom and imagination told in a playful, perceptive tone. Barrett's sophisticated, elegant full-colour illustrations are a knockout.


5 stars out of 5
1 Nov 2018

"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy"

Burton’s first book for children is a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy, perfectly balanced with the soft magic of Angela Barrett’s illustration. It’s particularly delightful to see 12 black princesses depicted, representing girls that are dynamic, well differentiated and invested in the action of the story.

5 stars out of 5
Jo Clarke
9 Oct 2018

"It is fierce, bold and completely enchanting"

It is fierce, bold and completely enchanting, and I just adored this feminist and diverse retelling of the classic story. A true celebration of sisterhood, bravery and the power of imagination. Angela Barrett’s sumptuous, rich artwork complements Burton’s glorious storytelling beautifully. The Restless Girls would be a really engaging and thought-provoking book to share in upper key stage 2.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
7 Oct 2018

"'This gilded volume is a gorgeous object'"

 Told in a tripping, light-footed style, the adventures of the 12 sisters of mixed heritage are illustrated with gleaming loveliness. This gilded volume is a gorgeous object.