Bold Tales for Brave-hearted Boys
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Bold Tales for Brave-hearted Boys

Susannah McFarlane, Simon Howe, Matt Huynh, Louie Joyce, Brenton McKenna

Bold: typically describes one who is willing to take risks; who is brave in heart as well as deed. Boys can be pretty handy at dragon-felling and tower-climbing, but there is so much more to them than brawn and bravado: they have a lot to say and feel as well, as these tilted tales will tell…

Cheer along as the sometimes unexpected heroes in these retellings of Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Prince Leo and the Sleeping Princess create their own happily ever afters in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book.

A glorious treasury for young boys - and girls - featuring artwork from four leading Australian illustrators: Simon Howe, Matt Huynh, Louie Joyce and Brenton McKenna.


Reading the classic fairytales is a rite of passage for many of us. They are stories that can not only spark a never-ending love for literature, but also teach us important moral lessons for how we live our lives. For these reasons, I was really excited for Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys, a collection of classic tales revitalised for boys in the twenty-first century, each individually illustrated. It did not disappoint.

The collection includes ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Whilst retaining all the excitement and action of the originals, these stories show a contemporary conception of what it means to be a man: the characters in these stories are sensitive, loyal, scared, caring, confused and, of course, brave – all at once. The classics are the classics for a reason. With beautiful illustrations and an important message to boot, Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys is essential reading for ages 7+.

Jeremy George works as a bookseller at Readings Malvern

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