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