Little Legends book series – review and giveaway

The Little Legends book series was launched in February this year through Pan Macmillan and the first two books have been a big hit here.  Tom Percival brings well-loved fairy tale characters back to life in these clever and witty stories aimed at children aged 5 years and over.

Little Legends book series

The first two books in the series are The Spell Thief and The Great Troll Rescue, both are set in the magical town of Tale Town and as you start to read the books you quickly realise that the characters are all based on well known characters.  In The Spell Thief, the central character is Jack – very much based on the Jack and the Beanstalk character, he has a talking hen called Betsy and friends including Red (Red Riding Hood), Rapunzel and even Hansel and Gretel.

The paperback books are chapter books with large text fonts and some illustrations throughout.  Monkey is a reluctant reader, so I’ve been reading the Little Legends stories to him, and I have to say, we’ve both enjoyed them.

Little Legends book series

In The Spell Thief, Jack and his friends come across Anansi, who has just sailed into port. He’s based on the original Spiderman of West African legend, and a new character for Monkey to enjoy. It’s fair to say that Jack is not impressed with the new boy in town or his tricks.  He’s convinced that Anansi must be a troll, and we follow him as he tries to prove this to his friends.  There are mermaids and, blind mice and farmers wives to meet along the way.  Jacks actions don’t go down well with his friends.  Can he see Anansi for who he really is and make amends with his friends?

In The Great Troll Rescue Jack, Anansi, Rapunzel and Betsy the hen are trying to find Anansi’s mum.  They believe she’s been washed up on Squirrel Nose Island after a ship wreck.  But things don’t go according to plan and the friends end up being captured by a witch and locked in a tower.  Even Rapunzel’s hair won’t save them. It’s up to Red and Cole the Fairy Godbrother to rescue everyone and put pay to the wicked witch and her spells. Will they succeed?

The Little Legends book series are really good fun, well written and we can’t wait for the next book in the series, The Genie’s Curse, to be released.  We can thoroughly recommend them to any young reader.  I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate links below for your reference.

disclosure:  we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review


I’m thrilled to be able to offer one lucky reader a Little Legends book bundle, including the two books mentioned, a Little Legends poster, star card and stickers!  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.  Good luck!


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The giveaway will close on 29th April 2016 at midnight.

Little Legends book bundle

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104 thoughts on “Little Legends book series – review and giveaway

  1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
    Andersen can be mawkish and morally mean, but this story is as near-perfect a fairytale as can be: the boy Kai, in frozen thrall to a cruel, enchanting mother figure, is saved by the loyalty and courage of Gerda

  2. Little Red Riding Hood. I like her cloak, and she realises that there is someone / something pretending to be her GrandMa. She is observant, something which can assist us to keep ourselves safe, help us recognise and avoid danger.

  3. Rapunzel, locked up in a tower and still came out smiling. and in the film she has a chameleon, I love chameleons

  4. Loved The Princess and the Pea, was fascinated by the story and liked the illustration of the princess perched on top of all her mattresses x

  5. I love little red riding hood , she is feisty, clever and can take care of herself everything a girl should be 🙂 and and she looks fabulous in red!

  6. Cinderella; probably the most well known fairy tale. She gets the prince and everything turns out well in the end. Everyone loves a happy ending.

  7. My daughter and I love Red Riding Hood as in all the versions of the book that we have she defeats the wolf and is clever and brave!

    (I filled the form out wrong sorry – I put my answer in the box instead of my name!)

  8. My favourite is The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 little pigs (wonder if it’s the same Wolf?!….he pops up everywhere and give him his due he tries

  9. Little Red Riding Hood – I always thought she was so sweet and brave goung to visit nanny through the woods every day and to be honest I felt a little sorry for her obviously poor eyesight 😉

  10. Rapunzel was always my favourite with her lovely long hair and lowering it so her prince could climb up to her in the tower.

  11. i love rapunzel… that hair!! if only i could get to go past my shoulders without splitting and looking like a toilet brush!

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