Cast of characters (in order of
Toni (short for Antonia, after her grandmother): She is a tomboy who is
sometimes not very nice, but the fairytale quest sees her begin to grow
Brian: Toni's baby brother, whom she is tricked into swapping for a
Toni's mother & stepfather: Toni's adventure takes place when she
goes on holiday to Kerry with her mam and her stepfather, PJ, who is a painter.
Rumpelstiltskin: He of the well-known fairytale, who is the one doing the
tricking and kidnapping of Brian.
Oddi, the unicorn: A gentle, magical creature who accompanies Toni on her
adventure and shows her a new way of looking at the world.
The fairy godmother: Actually godmother to the unicorn's master (Prince
Charming), it is she who sets Toni and Oddi on the road to their great adventure through the Wild
Millie, the giant's wife: Married to the giant of Jack-and-the-Beanstalk fame,
Millie accompanies Toni and the unicorn on their quest.
Julia & Father Time: Toni meets these nice people during her journey
through the woods and they leave a lasting impression on her.
Fairytale folk: Besides those mentioned above, other well-loved fairytale
characters pop up in the story, although they are sometimes not quite the same as we thought they
Among these characters are, in order of appearance:
Jack and the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk
The troll from The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
The wolf and the woodcutter from Little Red Riding Hood
Hansel and Gretel and the witch from the Gingerbread Cottage
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
The Emperor from The Emperor's New Clothes
The Ugly Duckling