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An Undone Fairy Tale Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689866771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689866777
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–In this nonsensical tale, a gluttonous king imprisons his stepdaughter in a tower so that she can bake pies only for him. Although many knights try to rescue her, none are able to accomplish the three difficult tasks set by the monarch. As Sir Wilbur–the most famous knight around–appears on the scene, the action is interrupted. Ned, the book's supposed illustrator, is introduced. A tiny man sitting on a board suspended by ropes, he rushes to finish painting the larger-than-life spread. Meanwhile, another man, the narrator, begs readers to slow down so that the work can be completed. While the fairy tale is illustrated with fluid watercolor-and-gouache cartoons, the two men are depicted in a simpler, more angular style, and the narrator's numerous comments are presented in a more workmanlike font. Unable to keep up, the story's creators improvise with what they have on hand, resulting in a hero who wears a tutu, an army of pickles, and a princess who saves her man while riding a snail and brandishing a banana. Although the approach is unique, the joke soon wears thin, as the narrator continually admonishes readers (Why do you keep turning the page? or Look, we're trying to tell a good story, but you're reading too fast). Not only is the plot less than successful, but the ending is also abrupt.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. Lendler's first children's book is a fractured fairy tale of the silliest order. Things begin traditionally: a princess is locked in a tower, where she makes pies around the clock for a gluttonous king. Handsome knight Sir Wilbur arrives but must perform three tasks before he can rescue the princess. Then, the story's split occurs: a narrator wearing a bow tie explains that Ned, the man in charge of pictures, hasn't finished this page's illustration and has hastily substituted a doughnut for the king's crown. More problems ensue: Ned can't gather the knights' horses on time, so Sir Wilbur must use the props that the department has available--giant fish. The farce continues to the end as the text and images flip between the increasingly ridiculous fairy tale and the problems creating images behind the scenes. Two fonts distinguish between the story lines, and the wild, clever cartoons make the most of the gleeful absurdity. Suggest Kevin O'Malley's Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (2005) and David Wiesner's Caldecott Medal book The Three Pigs (2001) for more fractured fun. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Ian Lendler is, first and foremost, a person.

After that, the details get a bit sketchy. We're pretty sure he has two arms and two legs. There are rumors of a third thumb, which you may laugh about now but let's see what you think 1,000 years from now when evolution decides that three thumbs is way better because you can use can-openers more efficiently and hitchhike with aplomb and everyone will laugh about the old days when everyone was a "two-thumber."

But I digress.

I am a writer. My books are below. I sincerely hope you enjoy them. Kirkus has called my writing "ridiculously entertaining." My children have called me "embarrassing." Feel free to drop me a line and tell me your thoughts. I live near San Francisco, CA. Thank you for visiting.


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This is loads of fun.
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It's funny, clever, and easy to read over and over again.
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My 4, 5 and 7 year old all like this story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus Review on September 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"An ordinary fairy tale (pie-baking princess locked in tall tower, knights must perform feats to win her hand from fat stepfather king) is made extraordinary as Ned, the illustrator, and an unnamed narrator attempt to get readers to slow down so they can finish the pictures. Unfortunately, readers are uncooperative. What results is a comedy worthy of Monty Python fans. Sir Wilbur's first task is to slay a dragon... but Ned does not have the horses or armor ready, so he must ride a fish and wear a pink tutu--the only props available. One disaster follows another as readers refuse to follow the narrator's directions, differentiated from the text by a font change. In the final showdown the snail-riding princess, who has rescued herself, leads an army of fish-riding, banana-wielding monkeys, the king rides out to greet her with an army of pickles and the beleaguered Ned finally quits. Martin's illustrations are perfect, mixing the two simultaneous tales until their edges are indistinguishable, the spot-on renderings of Ned and the narrator's facial expressions only add to the slapstick. Tremendously clever and hysterically funny."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Funky Mom on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up in the store to read to my kids simply because I thought the cover was interesting. They loved it! It really had them laughing in ways most picturebooks haven't. The illustrations are very bright and colorful and the story of a fairy tale gone bonkers was a nice break from all the normal books I've read my kids. Definite recommend.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Soccermammy on October 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is hilarious! It kept all of my children laughing for hours. I have three kids, ages 2 1/2, 5, and 11. My oldest is a bit slow, due to some learning disabilities, but my youngest is smart as a whip. The middle one is of average intelligence but has a terrific sense of humor. He loved it the most, though they all ask me to read it every night. They giggle uncontrollably every time I turn the page and my oldest is always asking, "why Med mad?" (The character's name is Ned but she can't pronounce her N's yet.)

A perfect book for kids of all ages, and totally entertaining for parents too! It's funny, clever, and easy to read over and over again. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a children's book this much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was very interesting and humerous because there were two stories going on in the book at the same time! I love the plot of the story because you can catch onto it very quickly!

I also enjoyed the parts where it asked you to not turn the page. That added tension to the read. This book made me burst into laughter right from the outset because the title "An undone fairy tale" is just making me wonder, what a wierd, but interesting book. This book was better than my alien birthday card I got from America!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You and your children will LOVE this book. I gave it to my 4 year old nephew for Christmas. In one week it has become his favorite and he is taking it to pre-school to share. It is very funny and creative -- one of the best children's books I've seen. Another plus -- it is new and your recipient is unlikely to have it already.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Gibbs on May 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ian Lendler has joined the many children's authors attempting to revamp the fairy tale for the contemporary age. He has succeeded. Admirably. My [...] daughter thinks it's the funniest book we own, never realizing she's getting messages about independence, the risks & benefits of culinary skills, & battle tactics. I read it to her kindergarten class (alright, the read-aloud version of this book is becoming more like performance art than a quiet bedtime story) & had them hooked. It also has enoughlittle details to prevent the boredom of endless repetition. Because this book will be read again & again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on May 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We are big fans of all silly books and this is right at the top of our pile. My 7 year old son loves to read it, but loves it more when we read it to him and it's a pleasure to do so. The narrative is clever, the drawings are fun and the overall tale is utterly charming. An added bonus is (SPOILER ALERT)that the Princess saves the muscle-bound knight in a tutu! If you like to giggle with the children in your life...this is a must for your collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Koch on February 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great for reading to groups of kids. Not meant for solo reading.
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