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An Undone Fairy Tale Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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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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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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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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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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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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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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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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Such a cute and funny book. My kids were looking for this for years. We borrowed it from the library once. My daughter wanted the book for her birthday, and I coudn't find it anywhere. Then, we couldn't find it at the library. I finally did some research online and found the book on amazon (YEARS later, and my preteen and teen still wanted a copy... I bought them each one). So, basically there is a fairy tale being told, but the reader reads too fast, and the pictures turn out pretty funny, and the narrator keeps telling the reader not to read so fast, because the artist can't keep up, and the story gets pretty funny, too.
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This is the most intriguing book since Dr. Seuss's books showed up so many years ago. It's a fun, silly, entertaining book but, more importantly, it gets new readers excited and anxious to "turn the page" - even though the author asks them nicely not to. It is simply a wonderfully written book that enthralls children who are learning to read and those adults who read it to children. Hilarious! My first choice for a book for any child! My granddaughter says it's her favorite book now and she reads it "every" night, which her mother confirms to be true. GREAT BOOK!
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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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