Princess Mirror-Belle & Snow White

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By: Julia Donaldson

Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. In this story Mirror-Belle comes popping out of Ellen’s mirror to help out with the local pantomime taking the story off script a hilarious way.

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Download our Princess Mirror-Belle activity sheets: draw your mirror self, spot the difference and word search.

Reviews from Toppsta:

HannahMc aged 7 
I love reading anything by Julia Donaldson, and this was no different. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down!
Gillian read it to Mckinleigh aged 5 
I read this story to my 5 year old daughter. She has read previous Princess Mirror Belle stories and loves them and this was no different.
Princess Mirror Belle comes out of the Magic mirror and causes mayhem at Ellen’s brother Luke’s play of Snow White.
While exploring the theatre Ellen accidentally lets Princess Mirror Belle out of the mirror and during the performance she becomes the 8th dwarf in Snow White.
My daughter found the story engaging and a funny twist on the traditional Snow White story.
The comic caper of a panto was brought to life during the story too.
Julia Donaldson at her best.BBear07 aged 9 
I would definitely recommend this book because I liked all the characters and the storyline. I found the book funny with the mischievous antics of naughty Mirror-Belle!The story was short and easy to follow and read, it had great illustrations throughout the story.I haven’t read a Mirror-Belle book before but I will certainly look out for more in my library in future!LibbyL read it to RosieL aged 9 & KatieL aged 6 
We really enjoyed reading this book together.  I had a mirror friend when I was a little girl, but she always stayed safely in the mirror!Rosie (9) says: this is the first book of the series which I have read.  My favourite part of the book was the bit when the play is in the news because Ellen gets embarrassed.  My favourite character was Luke because he was so grumpy. I loved the book because it gave me a good idea of how bad a play can get. Mirror Belle made me a bit worried that she would spoil the show.

Katie (6) says: My favourite part of the book was the bit when Mirror Belle comes on to the stage and causes disaster.

Lianec77 read it to Emilyc08 aged 8 & Maisiec10 aged 6 
I read this to my daughters aged 6-8.  They enjoyed the story on one level because they knew the story of Snow White and thought it was funny when the play in the book was different. However, they also wanted to know who Mirror-Belle was and where she came from.  It wasn’t really explained in this book, so unless you had read previous stories with Mirror-Belle in, it may be a little baffling.  It was easy to read and they enjoyed talking about it afterwards.

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    About the Author

    Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson, the Children’s Laureate 2011 – 2013, is the bestselling author of over 120 books and plays. She was born and grew up in North London. She wrote songs for children’s television for many years, and during that time one of her songs became the book A Squash and a Squeeze. Her real breakthrough book was The Gruffalo, which has gone on to become a monster bestseller with over 13 million copies sold. Although she is best known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. Julia now divides her time between Scotland and West Sussex where she lives with her husband, Malcolm, who often joins her on stage for their sell-out sing-along shows.

    About the Illustrator

    Lydia Monks

    Lydia Monks is one of the most original picture book artists working today. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including The Smarties Prize. Her many collaborations with Julia Donaldson include The Singing Mermaid, Princess Mirror-Belle, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess and the Wizard and The Rhyming Rabbit. Lydia was born in Surrey and studied Illustration at Kingston University. She lives in Sheffield with her two daughters.