Daniela, the glassmaker's daughter, is grumpy and never smiles. Her father promises a beautiful glass palace to anyone who can make her laugh.
People come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Daniela. But mask makers, lion tamers and magicians cannot raise a smile from the princess.
It is only when a young apprentice makes the first looking glass that Daniela learns to smile - at her own grumpy reflection! The glass palace splinters to smithereens from the sound of Daniela's laughter, and the whole of Venice rejoices.
About the Author
Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. She graduated as an art teacher in Cape Town and has written several teenage novels and picture books. she has won the M-Net Award for fiction and has two IBBY Honour Books.
About the Illustrator
Jane Ray began her career designing greetings cards, book jackets and posters. Gradually, however, she moved towards children's book illustration, especially fairy tales, mythology and folktales. Jane's first picture book for Frances Lincoln was Jinnie Ghost with Berlie Doherty, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award.
Her other acclaimed picture books include The King of Capri with Jeanette Winterson, Romeo and Juliet with Michael Rosen, and The Dolls' House Fairy and Snow White, which she both wrote and illustrated. She lives with her family in North London.