By Natalia O'Hara, Lauren O'Hara

Illustrated by Lauren O'Hara, Natalia O'Hara

Can you feel a tremble in the wind? The sun grows pale. The wild things hide. Frindleswylde is coming! A beautiful gift picture book for Christmas.

When the mysterious boy Frindleswylde enters Cora and Grandma's house in the woods, he steals the light from their lantern. Without it, Grandma will not be able to return home after work in the dark. Cora is determined to get the light back, but first she must follow Frindleswylde down a hole in the pond that leads to his magical frozen kingdom, where he sets her three Impossible Tasks. Reminiscent of The Snow Queen, beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated, Frindleswylde is a classic in the making.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406388961
  • Published: 04 Nov 2021
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 290 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'Fresh and bright as new fallen snow.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'Frindleswylde is a frost-laced feast of a fairy tale, with all the ingredients of a classic. Lauren O’Hara’s illustrations are exquisite, and dance alongside her sister’s words.' Sophie Dahl

'A book of icy loveliness: full of grace and adventure' Katherine Rundell

'A hauntingly lovely snowy fable ... with a heart and soul of its own' Anna James

'Frindleswylde will add to the sum of enchantment in this world' Angela Barrett

'Natalia O’Hara’s lyrical words perfectly paired with her sister Lauren’s exquisite, delicate art. Certain to be one of the best-looking picture books of the season.' The Bookseller

' A perfect read for a frosty winter evening, this beautifully illustrated, atmospheric story harks back to traditional fairy tales such as The Snow Queen… Imaginative, lyrical and haunting, this a wonderful battle of powers.' The Daily Mail

' Frindleswylde is a beautifully told fairy tale, charmingly illustrated.' The Christmas Magazine

'An enchanted frozen kingdom – what more could a child want ahead of Christmas? A fairy tale with illustrations every bit as enchanting as the story.' The i

'[…] the illustrations really do bring the magical story to life with images of frost-filled lands and polar bears reminiscent of Russian folk-lore. It makes a beautiful read in the run up to Christmas.' MiniTravellers

' In the luminous fairytale…a capricious winter spirit steals the light from Grandma’s lamp, and Cora must go to his icy kingdom to retrieve it – but will Frindleswylde freeze her heart first? Filled with pastel sweetness and frosty aquamarine light, this has a flavour of Hans Christian Andersen.' The Guardian

' The illustrations are quite captivating.' Evening Standard

'With echoes of Russian myth and Hans Christian Andersen, it’s a story about the importance of warmth in all its forms – especially between grandparents and children.' New Statesman

'A magical modern fairy tale with enchanting snowy illustrations.' The Irish Independent

'The illustrations are perfectly pitched, evoking Frindleswylde’s mysterious icy world ‘where summer waits frozen for winter’s end’ with a cool palette of blues, greens and purples…This is a stunning picturebook for fearless lovers of fairy tales perfect for sharing on chilly winter’s evenings.' Books for Keeps

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