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One Dark and Dreadful Night Hardcover – August 1, 2004


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Cinderella
Based on the version collected and published by the 17th-century author Charles Perrault, this classic fairy tale is matched with the artwork of Nicoletta Ceccoli. Perrault's Cinderella echoes the elegance and luxury of the French court of King Louis XIV. See more books by Sarah L. Thomson and Nicoletta Ceccoli

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–"Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Hansel and Gretel" are fractured here via the over-the-top telling and the interpretations of an appealing cast of kids. Maestro Von Haughty of the Wayward Orphans Theatre introduces the three tragic tales to be performed on stage by a group of independent-minded children. The first is "A Wolf in the Woods of Woe," the sorrowful saga of Lilly Riley-Hood. The child playing Lilly refuses to be eaten by the ferocious wolf, instead making butterflies and princesses appear on stage, forcing the Maestro to move on to "The Beans of Doom" with similar and equally funny results. The young actors then alter "Lost in Foggy Forest." The final scene shows a frustrated Maestro but very satisfied players who will "all live happily ever after!" Their asides help establish their spirited personalities and add to the visual humor on the stage. The droll color illustrations in this imaginative picture book are reminiscent of early melodramas. Maestro Von Haughty appears to be slightly villainous, the perfect foil for the child actors who are clearly in charge of the action. Though parodies of folktales abound, this take is both fresh and funny in text and art.–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Funny-bone-tickling text and merry illustrations merge in this crackerjack picture book."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Though parodies of folk tales abound, this take is both fresh and funny in text and art."--School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805067795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805067798
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,338,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including Looking For a Moose by Phyllis Root, and And Here's To You! by David Elliott. He is also the author-illustrator of Gator and Duck. His latest book is Brontorina by James Howe. Randy Cecil lives in Houston. To learn more about Randy, visit http://www.randycecil.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Brewster on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Randy Cecil is an original. His first solo book- writing and illustrating- is a welcome addition to any child's library. The artwork is superb and my wife laughed out loud several times reading it. Great job, Randy, here's to a long career.
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Format: Hardcover
Well, what do you expect when you work with kids? The producer is intent on performing three dark and dreadful versions of three very grim fairy tales, but the kids have their own ideas, producing fairy godmothers, giant bunnies, and happy endings galore.

There's no deep meaning or message, it's just a bit of fun.
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