Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Twists on Old Tales

Found these two books while perusing through a book store and knew I had to check them out.  Both are delightful and surprising retellings of two fairy tales.

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs
by Davide Cali
illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre

Snow White is running from an evil witch she stumbles upon the home of 77 dwarfs.  They allow her to stay but in return, Snow White must do her part of the household chores.

Unfortunately for Snow, this means doing everything 77 times. Whatever will she do?


I really liked this picture book because of its humour and amazing richness of colour.  Seriously, every page is bright and lush.  And the story is so funny.  The ending alone tickles the funny bone.  It is also an ending that is different and refreshing.  I won't spoil it because that would be cruel.

This picture book is all about having a fun reading experience.  One of my favourite parts is when each dwarf shares its name with Snow White.  All of them have different names including Donut, Larry, Rutabaga and Akimbo.

Interstellar Cinderella
by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Meg Hunt

How will Cinderella get to the ball without a ride through space? Hopefully, her fairy godrobot can help save the day.

This picture book was a joy to read from start to finish.  Told in verse and beautifully illustrated, it really brings the story to life in a new way.  Check out the page with the space parade.  All those spaceships and aliens are so cool to look at.  But what I really loved was how unique this Cinderella was.  We get to know her dreams and passions.  We get to see her fight for herself.  The ending is happy and everything you could wish for a character.

Read it to your children or nieces/nephews or godchildren.  It reads like a song and you can enjoy trying to say the names of some of the tools in Cinderella's tool box together.

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