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Katherine Woodfine Stitches Up Rose’s Dress of Dreams

Announcing Rose's Dress of Dreams by Katherine Woodfine – Coming soon!

As you might have seen last week, we were delighted to announce that we’ll be publishing Rose’s Dress of Dreams – a gorgeous debut Little Gem from Katherine Woodfine, illustrated by Kate Pankhurst.

This beautiful imagining of the life of Rose Bertin is a celebration of a remarkable pioneer of fashion and art. Featuring stunning full-colour illustrations and an evocative sense of period, Rose’s Dress of Dreams champions the power of creativity and will inspire bold girls and boys everywhere.

Read our release for more information.


Rose's Dress of Dreams by Katherine Woodfine, illustrated by Kate Pankhurst

Dream duo Woodfine and Pankhurst collaborate on a fashion-forward Gem

Barrington Stoke are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Rose’s Dress of Dreams.

Written with an evocative sense of period by Katherine Woodfine and further enriched by fresh and beautiful full-colour illustrations by Kate Pankhurst, Rose will be a celebration of a remarkable pioneer of fashion at the court of Marie Antoinette.

Young Rose dreams of sewing stunning dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes her life, Rose must draw on all her skills to create the most breathtaking dress of them all. Inspired by the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with inventing haute-couture, this is a story to inspire bold girls and boys everywhere.

World rights were acquired by Barrington Stoke Editor, Emma Hargrave, from Louise Lamont at LBA Books on behalf of the author and from Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding Illustration Agency on behalf of the artist.

Emma Hargrave, Editor, says of the acquisition:

It is a joy to welcome Katherine Woodfine to our list with such a stunning Little Gem. Katherine’s love of research led her to stories of fascinating young women in the court of Marie Antoinette. In particular, the passionate talent and energy of Rose Bertin sparked Katherine’s imagination – so much so that the glimmer of an idea was transformed into this wonderful story as easily as a needle pulling thread …

We are thrilled to offer a stand-out illustrator for Rose. Kate Pankhurst is renowned for her portraits of female pioneers, and her spirited artwork perfectly evokes the life and times of Rose Bertin, a girl who secured her own dreams and enabled others to live theirs. Rose’s Dress of Dreams really is a gorgeous dream of a book – inspirational, engaging, and as well-crafted as the outrageous fashions it describes.

Katherine Woodfine adds:

I’m so delighted to be joining Barrington Stoke’s wonderful Little Gems list, with this story inspired by the real-life Rose Bertin. As soon as I discovered Rose’s story, I was captivated by the idea of this determined young girl, forging a new path for herself in 18th century Paris – and going on to change the course of fashion history. I’ve long been an admirer of Kate Pankhurst’s gorgeous illustrations and I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with her.

Kate Pankhurst adds:

I’m a huge fan of Katherine’s writing, she has such a talent for creating a sense of history and place in her stories, so I jumped at the chance to illustrate this title. Historical fiction is such a great way for young readers to explore the past and I’m particularly looking forward to recreating Katherine’s vivid descriptions of the stunning fashions seen in France in the late 1700s.

Rose’s Dress of Dreams will be published in April 2018 in Barrington Stoke’s popular Little Gems series: chapter books designed for little readers who still have their ‘L-plates’ on. Each captivating story from a well-known author is fully illustrated to help picture book fans make the jump into reading fiction. There’s fun and games hidden in the jacket flaps, and it is all wrapped up in a package that’s perfect for little hands. The Little Gems have sold over 350,000 copies to date.



Katherine Woodfine is the author of The Clockwork Sparrow and its sequels in the best-selling Sinclair’s Mysteries series. Until 2015 she worked for reading charity BookTrust on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC, the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention. When not writing, she reviews children’s books and co-hosts the children’s book radio show and podcast Down the Rabbit Hole. She lives in London.


Kate Pankhurst is the author and illustrator of Mariella Mystery Investigates and Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. Kate’s best ideas come from small doodles and she encourages the children she meets on school and library visits to use drawing as a starting point for stories. She lives in Leeds with her family and studio dog, Olive the dalmatian.

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