Wendy Meddour was brought up in the hills around Aberystwyth. She left to acquire a doctorate in Critical Theory and taught English Literature at Oxford University for eight years before trying her hand at writing fiction.
Her debut children’s book, ‘A Hen in the Wardrobe’, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award (for ‘outstanding first novel’) and won the John C Laurence Award for ‘improving relations between the races’.
Since then, Wendy has gone on to write the best-selling ‘Wendy Quill’ series (illustrated by her 11 year old daughter and translated into nine languages) and a number of humorous yet heart-warming books for younger readers. Her latest effort is typical of her slightly cheeky (yet pertinent) sense of humour and is entitled: ‘How the Library (not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel.
Recent titles include: ‘How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel,’ (Frances Lincoln: Oct 2014); ‘Dottie Blanket and the Hilltop,’ (Firefly Press, Oct 2014); ‘Wendy Quill is Full up of Wrong, (OUP: July 2014); ‘Wendy Quill Tries to Grow a Pet, (OUP: March 2014); ‘Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom, (OUP: July 2013); ‘The Black Cat Detectives,’ (Frances Lincoln: Aug 2012); and ‘A Hen in the Wardrobe,’ (Frances Lincoln: Feb 2012).
How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
With the wind in his hair, and blowing his hooter,
Along came the prince on the back of a scooter.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair!”
Called the prince from down on the bottom stair…
But Rapunzel just sat –
As still as a wall;
She didn’t think much of the prince at all.
Rapunzel sits on the sixteenth floor of an inner city block, bored, dreaming and looking out at the rain. No one can rouse her from her apathy, not the milkman or the postman or the baker or her aunt – or even the prince. But when at last a letter is delivered, it contains news that has Rapunzel on her feet again. She has a new job at the library! And suddenly her life is busy, sparkling, exciting and stimulating. “For despite her long hair and her ravishing looks, she loved nothing better than reading good books!”
‘How refreshing to have a girl in a story whose fate lies within her own hands. A brilliant picture book.’ Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate
Dottie Blanket and the Hilltop
Wendy Quill is Full up of Wrong
My name is Wendy Quill and this is the story of my slightly awful accidents*.
*don’t worry though – it’s all OK in the end!
‘This is a very funny series that … stands apart from the competition.’ The Bookseller.
The course was brilliant!- Wendy Meddour