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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (April 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698115600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698115606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Stanley's terrific illustrations are wonderful as well.
Abbie Normal
It is a wonderful way to humanize the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty".
Debra Gustin
I will pass it on to a young friend who will enjoy reading it.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jessica (tellarren@yahoo.com) on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am absolutely amazed that no one else has reviewed this little book yet. By far one of my all-time favorite stories, the book, Sleeping Ugly, is meant for children, but anyone with a sense of humor will savor this story.
Set in some unknown kingdom, Sleeping Ugly is a short story about a beautiful, perfectly worthless and mean princess named Miserella, a plain-as-mud orphan named Jane, a fairy in disguise, and an imnpoverished prince (the youngest son of a youngest son) named Jojo. This story takes the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty and promptly sets it on its ear. I received this book at age seven, and at age eighteen I still know the whole thing by heart. It's amazing that a book this short and this simply written can be so hilarious and filled with such wonderful characters. There's even some morals included, and the illustrations are great.
Every parent should buy this book for his/her child, and anyone who likes fairy tales should buy this book for him(her)self. You won't be disappointed!!!!
This is one of the best stories ever, period!!! Don't be fooled by its diminutive size or simple writing!! Go directly to a bookstore and pick it up!!!
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By JR Corry on June 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
The story starts out well enough, centering around the lovely-but-spoiled Princess Miserella and the sweet-but-ugly Plain Jane. Naturally, the book is filled with the contrasts between their two characters: Miserella makes people miserable while poor Plain Jane's sweetness is overlooked by people who only see her outside.

When the two meet a fairy godmother, things start to look up for Jane when her kindness wins her three wishes. Before she can use them, however, Miserella ticks off the godmother so much that her magic goes bonkers and puts them all to sleep. When a prince comes across the three sleeping women, he falls for Miserella's looks and decides to kiss her awake. Before he does this, however, he decides to "practice" kissing by kissing the godmother and Jane first. It is here that both the prince and the author of the story make their fatal mistakes.

When Jane wakes up and sees the prince (after being kissed by him), she naturally wants him for herself. Rather than taking the golden opportunity of developing a real relationship between the two characters, author Jane Yolen throws it away by having the brainless bimbo of a fairy godmother cast a spell on the prince that magically forces him to love Jane (that godmother's not too smart with a wand, is she?) In just a couple of sentences, Yolen totally ruins what began as a meaningful story.

First of all, I absolutely despise the idea of love spells; love is a wonderful, wild force that cannot possibly be controlled or imitated. Second of all, what's the point of forcing the prince to love Jane? If Yolen doesn't let Jane win the prince's love naturally, then what message does this give girls with low self-esteem? That a guy can't like you without a spell on him?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
In a time when we are swamped with superficial ideas, it is wonderful to see a book that shows children and ADULTS how to appreciate a girl or woman for her personal worth instead of just her looks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gabrielle23 on September 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
My mom used to read me this book when I was little. It teaches young girls that beauty is on the inside. I think more girls need to be read this story.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Julia Gwin on March 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
The story begins well, but the intended portrayal of the Plain Jane as inwardly beautiful fails when she reveals a desperately wicked heart, taking no pity on the hapless sleeping princess who is ugly inside but beautiful outside. Plain Jane even abuses the still-sleeping princess by using her as a hat stand and hangs a "no kissing" sign on her to prevent her being "kissed awake" by guests. In effect, she condemns the sleeping princess to death, thus exalting herself and becoming ugly in the eyes of those who know true beauty would never do such a thing. I consider Plain Jane more insidiously ugly, for she pretends to have true beauty (of heart) while her physically beautiful counterpart offers no pretense at inner beauty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because the prince kissed the right girl.I also liked this book because it had a happy ending. Miserella is very beautiful on the outside, but she's ugly, ugly, ugly on the inside! Plain Jane has a name to fit what she looks like. She has a crooked nose and teeth and her hair is short and messy. But Jane is very kind and beautiful on the inside. Which one do you think the prince chose?
This book reminded me os Sleeping Beauty because it was based on that book. If you like retold fairy tales you'll like Sleeping Ugly!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Veronica J. Antal on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wanted an unconventional tale for my daughter and was dissapointed. Although it tries to be unconventional by having the ugly girl being the good one I think it sells it's self short by still focusing the tale on attractiveness. The Jane character uses one of her magic wishes so that the Prince will love her. I would rather have tale about different forms of attractiveness or one in which the beauty of the characters isn't important. I want my daughter to know that morality is about the choices you make rather than the face you see in the mirror. BTW my husband liked this book so perhaps you will too.
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