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Tales From a Tall Forest - Shaun Micallef

Tales From a Tall Forest

By: Shaun Micallef, Jonathan Bentley (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 16th October 2017
ISBN: 9781760129590
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 7 - 99 years old

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Once upon a time being, forever and ever ago, there lived a forest tall of tales ...

When an innocent princess wanders into the forest, she finds herself trapped between a wolf with a ravenous appetite and a sweet little house with a secret. Meanwhile, a desperate fisherman enters into a very bad bargain with a power-hungry monkey. And meanerwhile still, a tiny tricksy tailor promises a promise that not even the most magic of beanstalks can help him escape.

In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures. Illustrated by award-winning artist Jonathan Bentley, this subversively silly trilogy will captivate parents and children alike – and indignant fairytale authors too. 

More grim than Grimms', less soppy than Aesop.

Industry Reviews

"Imagine every popular fairytale figure was summoned to an emergency drill and some of them lost the plot and returned to the wrong house. Then add lashings of rhubarb and the occasional real historical figure, such as Gottfried von Hohenlohe-Schillingsfurst, and you have Tales from A Tall Forest." --Weekly Review

Bought it for my daughter but I enjoy it more.


Disappointing that it ended. I would have thought Shaun could have made it last a little longer. Used it as a travel guide and ended up in ignorant bliss.

Willow Creek


Fascinating, beautiful illustrations


It will be a welcome addition to my already crowded bookshelf



Tales From a Tall Forest

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ISBN: 9781760129590
ISBN-10: 1760129593
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 99 years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th October 2017
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 16.8  x 2.65
Weight (kg): 24.69
Edition Number: 1

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Shaun Micallef

About the Author

Full Name : Shaun Patrick Micallef
Ancestry: Mother's side - Irish; Father's side - Maltese
Birthdate: July 18, 1962
Hometown: Adelaide
Current Home: Melbourne
Siblings: Three younger sisters
Spouse: Leandra (Married in 1988)
Children: Three sons (Born in 1998, 2000, & 2002)

Career: Graduated Adelaide University in 1983, Degree in Law.
Worked in Motor Insurance Law as a solicitor in Adelaide from 1983-1993. Moved to Melbourne in 1993 to write comedy.
Comedy Influences: Peter Sellers, The Goon Show, Barry Humphries, Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, and Monty Python

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