2012 seems to be the year of the fairytale. Television and Film reimaginings of classic stories seem to be appearing at fairly regular intervals, so, now seems to be the right time for us to release some fairytales of our own. These are not reimaginings though. These are completely new stories with a touch of allegory and learning for readers of all ages.
The first of the stories is ‘The Word Queen’, which is a guide to words that tells the story of a lonely panda who goes on a journey through somewhere called Paardvarkanda Land. There she discovers words and their jobs by visiting places like Noun Town and the Verb Village. It is a journey that allows her to find her own voice, the power of words and a whole new world of friends.
‘Black Eye’ meanwhile, is a rites of passage story about a boy who wakes one day to discover his face is marked with a black eye that will not disappear. Eventually, the black eye consumes his thoughts and he runs away, leaving his love behind. On the road he meets a travelling fool who takes him on a journey to a mystical Temple of Truth. And that is where he finally learns the truth about himself, the fool and his black eye.