willow’s
heroes


A treasury of reimagined fairy tales about powerful princesses

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Meghan Malcolm

Writer + Publisher

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Estela Carregalo

Illustrator + Graphic Designer

The original version of the fairy tales we are now so familiar with were not intended for children. Surprisingly, when they were adapted for kids, violence was added to them to accentuate the moral lessons and the punishment for bad behaviour. Definitive adjectives for female characters such as “tender-hearted”, “God-fearing”, and “contrite”, were added to define what good behaviour would illicit a happy ending - that happy ending always being marriage to a man. Characters that deviated from the mould were punished or evil.

The stories we are told as children have a strong influence on the narrative we believe about ourselves and others. Seeing characters that are brave, smart, and look and love in their own ways give kids permission to also be brave, smart, and look and love the way they do. I want my daughters to see all different colours, shapes, and sizes in the books they read. I want them to see all kinds of love and all kinds of adventure. So, I’m changing the narrative of fairy tales that are notorious for lacking diversity and empowered female narratives.

The first book, Marian is a reimagined version of the legend of Robin Hood. You better believe Marian is wild, fierce, and ready to make a lot of noise on behalf of the people of Nottingham who have had their right to dance taken away by all-work-and-no-play Prince John.

COMING EARLY 2019