It is night, and I have lit the first of seven candles to write my story by. My name is Coriander Hobie, and I have a great many things to tell–of silver shoes that tempted me and an alligator most rare; of London, the home of my childhood, and another, stranger land, one that I thought only existed in dreams; and of an ebony box whose treasure only now am I beginning to understand. The box was once my mother’s, but its secrets were meant for me.
This being my story and a fairy tale besides, I will start once upon a time . . .
About the Author
Sally Gardner's first career was as a theater designer, but when she had children she decided to try something new. "Books are just like the theater," she says. "I suppose they really are the best form of theater. The real magic of the book lies after the adults have gone and it is just the child and the book." She has written and illustrated a number of picture books and early chapter books, often about fairies and other magical subjects.