Schneewittchen – The German Snow White Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Schneewittchen – The German Snow White Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Schneewittchen is the original Snow White tale. Everyone knows the famous tale of Snow White but the original German fairy tale has many darker twists and turns than the version we know and love today. There […]

Lucky Costantino – An Italian Puss in Boots Tale

Lucky Costantino – An Italian Puss in Boots Tale

This Sunday we bring you a tale about the world renowned crafty cat and his ostentatiously obtained riches. Puss in Boots or Costantino Fortunato (Lucky Costantino) depicts three poor brothers, the youngest of which is bequeathed […]

The Elves and the Shoemaker – A Christmas Tale by the Brothers Grimm

The Elves and the Shoemaker – A Christmas Tale by the Brothers Grimm

This week we’re getting festive with The Elves and the Shoemaker. This famous tale about two sneaky little elves and their shoe making adventures is a Christmas classic. Written in 1806 by the Brother’s Grimm the […]

The Little Match Girl – by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl – by Hans Christian Andersen

The sad tale of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen was first published in 1845. It tells the story of a young girl enduring the ever worsening weather and freezing cold as she tries […]

Hop o’ My Thumb – A Charles Perrault Fairy Tale

Hop o’ My Thumb – A Charles Perrault Fairy Tale

A Boy, an Ogre and a pair of magic boots – this week we bring you the popular tale of Hop O’ My Thumb. It tells the tale of a sparky young boy who endeavours to […]

The Flying Trunk – A Hans Christian Andersen Tale

The Flying Trunk – A Hans Christian Andersen Tale

This week we have the perfect tale for reading on Fireworks Night – The Flying Trunk is a famous story that might just teach you not to play or show-off with fireworks. The story was written by […]

Bluebeard – A French Tale by Charles Perrault

Bluebeard – A French Tale by Charles Perrault

The Blue Beard tale is a dark story of deceit, death, murder, blood and forbidden chambers. Its origins are thought to be traced back to real events and people such as the legend of Gilles de […]

Mad Hatter Day – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Illustrators

Mad Hatter Day – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Illustrators

Mad Hatter Madness – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Different Illustrators Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been illustrated many, many times since it’s publication 150 years ago and the variety of artistic responses is truly […]

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears is one of the world’s best-known fairy tales. It was originally written by English poet Robert Southey in 1837. This English folktale has been adapted many times over the years but […]

Summer’s Passing

Summer’s Passing

Posted in Autumn, Poems

Summer’s Passing Beautiful autumnal illustration, and one our personal favourites by Jessie Willcox Smith. Taken from Dream Blocks, a wonderful book of children’s verse by A. C. Higgins full of Willcox’s gorgeous watercolours.   Summer’s Passing My […]

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books

Posted in Arthur Rackham

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books Arthur Rackham is one of our all time favourite illustrators here at Pook Press and we wanted to share our top 5 books. It’s a very tricky selection […]

Petrosinella – An Italian Rapunzel Tale

Petrosinella – An Italian Rapunzel Tale

Petrosinella (translating as ‘Little Parsley’) is known as the Italian Rapunzel. It was written by Giambattista Basile (1566-1632), a Neapolitan poet and courtier. It was first published in his collection of Neapolitan fairy tales titled Lo Cunto […]