Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool


The protagonist is obsessed with looking pretty and does not mind telling others what they should do to make themselves look better. One day, she meets a monster who she finds cannot be changed by being made look pretty on the outside.


The book is in many ways a cautionary tale with the message that appearances are not important. However, its gruesome and anarchic end, where the protagonist is eaten by a monster instead of learning her lesson, removes much of the moralistic tone. Significantly, the text focuses on how cruel and unnecessary it is to comment on the appearances of others and encourages the refusal of commenting negatively on others’ bodies and appearances.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): Willis, Jeanne

Illustrator(s): Ross, Tony

Publisher: Anderson Press

City: London

Year: 2016

Pages: 25

ISBN: 9781783442034

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Body image, Diversity, Female characters, Self-acceptance

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