Brilliantly told and sumptuously illustrated, The Magic Callaloo is based on the fairy-tale "Rapunzel" and inspired by stories of enslaved Africans.
By the celebrated author of So Much

"Master storyteller Trish Cooke is in top form with this vibrant story of community, magic, love and family that's bursting with life and colour."
Dapo Adeola

Long ago and far away, a magic callaloo plant grew in a village square. Whoever ate one of its leaves was granted a wish. But a greedy selfish man wanted all the wishes for himself so he stole the callaloo. With only one leaf left, Mister and Missus, desperate for a child, pluck it to make their dream come true. But the greedy man wants everything and he kidnaps their beloved daughter, who will ultimately make the most remarkable escape.
Trish Cooke says, “The Magic Callaloo pays homage to my ancestors and the roads they walked to freedom.”


Trish Cooke writes multi-racial children’s books, scripts for theatre, television, radio and film. She is also an actress. Her series of inter-racial adaptations of children's fairy tales have been popular at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Cinderella (2007) was the first pantomime to be nominated for an Olivier Award.
Sophie Bass draws inspiration from her mixed British and Trinidadian heritage and from music, social justice, mythology and symbolism. She works by hand employing traditional techniques with gouache and pen to create contemporary images characterized by strong figures, vivid colours and a distinctive style.

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