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Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Like most fairytales, this book holds A Message, which Message is rather more bluntly presented (and sweetly uplifting) than usual: it is what is on the inside that counts. Nonetheless, the Message is presented in a child-friendly way that kids will find enjoyable rather than preachy. Kids will likely giggle at the Princess's enormous feet and the Prince's honking schnozz, but they will also sympathize with them for being laughed at by others. That the two should get together is the most natural and obvious thing in the world and kids will cheer for the happy ending.
Nancy Gow's metered rhymes get somewhat grating to the adult ear, but they are appropriate for the light-hearted fairytale setting. The story is richly complemented by Stephen Costanza's brilliantly colored yet soft and gentle illustrations. All-in-all a charming "happily ever after" to brighten up a gloomy world.
This is a great story with a lovely fairy-tale type theme that encourages self-acceptance and also the acceptance of others who may have unique traits and characteristics. What really make it stand out are the incredibly luscious illustrations. Rendered in richly saturated jewel tones, Stephen Costanza's artwork has a feathery, soft-focus feeling that lends itself well to the fairy-tale setting.
The story is cute and the illustrations are wonderful. Great use of dramatic composition and beautifully colored, this book has a cinematic feel to it. I've been following Stephen Costanza's work since "Mozart finds a melody" and he just gets better and better.
This is a wonderful book for children, my kids love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this book. Great meaning and a fun easy rhyme to make it sing off of your tongue! Highly recommend. We have been reading this to my now 4 year old boy for a year or so.Published 18 months ago by Rosey