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Beautiful Griselda

Written by Isol

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554981052
  • 9.72" x 7.48"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Values


Publication Date October 22, 2011

Princess Griselda was so beautiful that almost everyone she met fell head over heels in love with her. And that's not just a saying. They actually lost their heads.

In this wonderfully original fairy tale Isol takes on the dangers of narcissism. Griselda not only causes anyone who looks at her to lose his head -- she collects the lost heads, oblivious to the fact that everyone is terrified of looking at her. Eventually she runs out of companions, until she finally finds a prince so myopic that for a short while he is able to be with her (before the inevitable happens). But they are together long enough that at the end of nine months she has an extremely beautiful baby who, for the first time in Griselda's life, takes her out of herself -- unfortunately with the inevitable result.



Isol is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Her delightful leporello, Tener un patito es util (It’s Useful to Have a Duck), was chosen by AIGA as one of its “50 Books/50 Covers” for concept and design, and it was also named one of “Los mejores libros para niños y jóvenes 2008” (The best books for children and youth 2008) by Venezuela’s Banco del Libro. Isol has also written and illustrated Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne, and she has illustrated Doggy Slippers by Jorge Luján. Her books have been published in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Canada and the US. Isol is also an advertising illustrator, a professional singer and a comic book writer. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead / Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She is also the author of Why Are You Doing That?. She lives in Toronto.


"Funny, different...There is a lesson here...for each and every one of us." Sal's Fiction Addiction

"In Beautiful Griselda, we are treated to the full scope of Isol’s talent as a writer and illustrator of unique, incredibly funny, and strikingly gorgeous picture books for all ages." 32 Pages