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Swan Lake

October 25, 2017

Swan Lake

By Anne Spudvilas, Allen and Unwin, 2017.

Cover of a book with a black swan and a white swan huggingDivided into three acts, the children’s picture book, Swan Lake, follows a similar format to the ballet. This is a clever structural technique used by the author/illustrator.

The book has slightly more pages than a traditional picture book, the pages are thicker, and the book overall has a high-quality feel to it.

This iconic ballet is a tragic love story of a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The book is set against the riverscape of the Murray-Darling basin, the longest river in Australia. Anne Spudvilas depicts this classic tale of passion, betrayal, and heartbreak with elegant and dramatic illustrations.

Swan Lake is a classic story folded into a modern format.


Shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year 2018 by¬†Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Wrap Up

Swan Lake

  • 8/10
  • 8.5/10
  • 6/10
    Educational content
  • 0.1/10
  • 7.5/10


  • Stunning and emotive illustrations.
  • Uniquely structured format.
  • Retelling of a classic tale.


  • Possibly a story only girls would like.

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