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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 336 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 27/02/2020 ISBN: 9781782692621


Annet Schaap, trans by Laura Watkinson

Pushkin Children's Books

An enchanting fairytale adventure debut, written and beautifully illustrated by 'The Netherlands' Quentin Blake'.

Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins.

In disgrace, Lampie is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral's Black House, where rumour has it that a monster lurks in the tower. But what she finds there is stranger and more beautiful than any monster.

Soon Lampie is drawn into a fairytale adventure in a world of mermaids and pirates, where she must fight with all her might for friendship, freedom and the right to be different.

Selling points

  • A prize-winning debut that already feels like a a fairytale adventure with echoes of Hans Christian Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, Tonke Dragt and J.K. Rowling.
  • Winner of four major Dutch prizes, including the Gouden Griffel for best Dutch children's book of 2018.
  • The hardback had a great reception, with brilliant reviews and endorsements.
  • The paperback was chosen as Book of the Month for February 2020 by Fiona Noble in The Bookseller


'Lampie stood .. a dark-and-stormy-night of a fairytale that I absolutely loved' - Hilary McKay, Observer, Best Books of 2019

'Schaap is a famous illustrator in the Netherlands and her debut novel will illuminate children all around the world' - The Times 20 Children's Books for Summer

'I am very glad to recommend this absolute gem' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Book of the Month

'A dark, quirky fairy tale of a story - beautifully written and beautifully translated A free, fresh narrative style expertly combined with classic storytelling. I loved it' - Lucy Strange, author of Our Castle by the Sea

'I was swept away in a sea foam storm by the spectacular Lampie and the Children of the Sea... What a treasure trove of a book' - Hilary McKay author of 'The Skylarks' War'

'A fairy story with as many twists as a mermaid's tail - both dark-edged and You won't be able to put it down' - Julia Golding, author of The Diamond of Drury Lane

'Terrific. Deeply moving, yet never It unfolds beautifully, with all the wonder and magic of the best fairy stories' - Tania Unsworth, author of The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid

'It's a gripping and magical adventure, rich in fairytale elements' - Daniel Hahn, Books for Keeps, Books of the Year

'A mesmeric tale of fierce friendships and So good it reads like folklore. A beautiful, captivating tale' - Emma Carroll, author of 'Letters from the Lighthouse'

'An astonishing, mysterious seaswept .. Dazzles with darkness and glitters with light' - Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets

'Mermaids, pirates and fierce fights for freedom combine in a fast-paced fairytale' - Guardian


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