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Fairly fairy tales

by Esmé Raji Codell; Elisa Chavarri

  Book : Fiction : Primary school  |  1st Aladdin hardcover ed

Bedtime Stories Redeux   (2011-05-10)

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As a little child gets a kiss and some water, he is not so sure about the actual bedtime.  However, the array of books on the bed might make bedtime go a little easier.  The three little pigs’ story begins as a series of questions but gets an environmental-friendly twist that leads to a very funny elaborately illustrated two-page spread.  Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel receive the same type of treatment.  Each possible alternative makes for some very funny and alternate endings to these familiar tales.  One must pay particular attention to the illustrations in this sprightly-told picture book.  The illustrations are full of humor that might be missed without careful examination.  These details make up for very sparse text.  One must be rather familiar with the stories that first appear on the little child’s bed.  So, it is with some reserve that this book is recommended for such a young age group because that same age group may not understand the subtle humor that the illustrations convey.   First and second graders that can appreciate the illustrations will enjoy this twist on fairy tales.  Older readers can enjoy the wry and colorful illustrations in spite of minimal words.                            




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