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The Great Fairy Tale Disaster Hardcover – September 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781589251113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589251113
  • ASIN: 1589251113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 2-This companion to The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster (Tiger Tales, 2009) stars an aging big bad wolf. Aching for a vacation, he turns to a compilation of fairy tales and tries to find "a relaxing fairy tale for a change." The wolf barges right into some tales, while in others he creeps in unexpectedly. When Cinderella's fairy godmother dresses him for the ball, he find himself suddenly cast as Sleeping Beauty and receives an unsolicited kiss. At this, he hurls himself into another tale, Jack Skellington-style, and so on, until there is quite a tangle of tales (and more kisses, just for the ew-effect). The illustrations work in perfect tandem with this accessible and fast-paced romp. The beanstalk requires a pivoting of the book, and readers traverse checker-boarded forest paths and troll-patrolled bridges. The palette is bright and balanced, full of lively and textured patterns, stylized elongated fir trees, and rotund, huggable faces. Burtonesque curlicues wind around the pages. Flying objects and myriad small creatures leave little white space for reflection but offer plenty of opportunities for discovering hidden details in this densely illustrated, whirlwind tale. Anyone looking for a lighthearted read with a droll ending that will engage young readers will find it here. Pair it with any fractured fairy tales, while reading it with Mario Ramos's I Am So Handsome (Gecko, 2012) might present a good opportunity to discuss all things wolfish.-Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


PRAISE FOR THE GREAT NURSERY RHYME DISASTER: "... gorgeous pages filled with colour, action, incident and pattern. " THE TIMES "Melanie Williamson's illustrations are eye-catchingly quirky and superbly original." The Observer 'The colourful vibrant pictures perfectly illustrate this funny tale.' Family Interest Magazine 'It's an amusingly anarchic take on a familiar format, with matchingly madcap illustrations' Carousel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl C. Malandrinos VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An elderly Big Bad Wolf is tired of trying to blow down the Three Little Pigs' houses. So he wanders into other fairy tales to find one that better suits his needs. Problem is that wolves don't wear dresses like Cinderella; they don't like scary giants climbing down beanstalks; and they sure don't care for getting kissed by princes. Chaos erupts in fairy tale land, leading to a surprising end.

Between the fabulous artwork of Melanie Williamson and the fantastic plot of this story, your child is sure to be enthralled. Wacky and wonderful, this twisted-fairy tale adventure will lead to smiles and laughs from everyone. I love unique takes on classics, and this definitely fits the bill.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By curleq on November 4, 2013
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absolutely adorable book. the illustrations are beautiful and the story is creative and engaging. both my son and daughter enjoy this book. cute twist on favorite characters.
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Format: Hardcover
About halfway through this mess of a fairy tale mash-up, my adorable 3-year-old daughter looked up to me as if to say, Daddy WTF?

Although I struggled to finish it myself, it made even less sense to my daughter who wasn't raised with all of the Grimm fairy tales. She clearly had no idea what was going on. The only good part: "Daddy, shut off the light. I'm done."

Please save your money.

I really don't understand the 5-star reviews posted here, unless they are relatives of the author.
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