From the Publisher:
A brand-new board book edition, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this fractured fairy tale bedtime story.
In this hilarious fractured fairy tale romp, everything goes awry. Goldilocks lives with the seven dwarfs, a princess kisses Humpty Dumpty, and she and the prince rescue the Wicked Witch of the West! Can all this mischief get sorted out so that everyone lives happily ever after? Jean Little and Maggie de Vries’s playful text and Phoebe Gilman’s magical illustrations make this twisted classic a delight to share with new generations of readers.
NOTE: Re-releasing this title in a board book format is an interesting choice, as the fairy tale content requires a thorough knowledge of fairy tales to understand the fractured component. The required comprehension of common rhymes and popular children’s literature will be far above the heads of most toddlers, and is much more suitable to early-to-mid elementary aged children. However, in my experience as a teacher and teacher-librarian, kids in early elementary will be reluctant to pick up this title in its board book format for fear of it being to ‘babyish’. Parents and teachers who would find this title to be very useful may not pick it up, as it looks to be in a format for younger children.
In the story, a father tells his two children a ‘Once Upon A Time’ story by mixing up many fairy tales in his telling, to the excitement and horror of his children. All turns out well in the end as they ‘all lived happily ever after’. The illustrations are engaging and portray the children as both listeners and participants in the relating of the mixed-up tales.
While my three year old enjoyed the illustrations in this title, her knowledge of fairy tales was not advanced enough for her to follow the narrative. She will enjoy this title much more once she has a better grasp of the full story of the tales, and this has spurred us to seek out and read more fairy tales. We will be returning to this captivating story soon! This re-release of a classic would be a strong resource for parents and teachers to use when exploring and deconstructing fairy tales. The board book format will need to be pointed out to children who may be reluctant to pick up a book in this format.
- engaging and creative illustrations
- ingenious mixing and “fracturing” of fairy tales – adults will get a chuckle, too!
- the children in the story respond to their father’s mixing of the tales in a very realistic fashion. Children will see themselves in this story
- the board book format! Why release a book for kids 4+ in this format? It is deceptive for the level of sophistication
Why/How Use it with kids:
- primer for discovering fairy tales – a jumping off spot (does require some pre-knowledge)
- write and illustrate your own fractured fairy tales
- a great read-along/companion to TV shows such as Super Why
About the Authors & Illustrator:
Beloved and award-winning author Jean Little has garnered numerous accolades for her work. Born in Taiwan to Canadian doctors who were serving as missionaries, she was legally blind from birth. Little obtained a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to write 44 more works, including novels, picture books, poetry, short stories, and two autobiographical books. She has six honorary degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Little lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her family.~(from publisher website)