Katie was only five years old when I wrote this story for her; Emily would have been only three. It’s very much a story for young children without any nuance or sophistication. The girls support their friend, Widow Twankey, have adventures with villains and support the good king to bring peace back to the kingdom. There are plenty of stereotypes here and some bad fat jokes. I’ve pinched elements of the story from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and other elements are taken from pantomime.
The girls loved this story read aloud. It can just be done in twenty minutes before bed and the happy ending is very comforting. As Uncle Lachlan would say of the villains at the end of the story, “It serves them right!”