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#blogbookaday: The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book

7 Apr

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book.jpgSummary:  “In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don’t help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn’t get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive.

For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book‘s colorful illustrations and a “story-starter” ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Zoe’s bookshelves were so packed with books that the Wolf’s story falls from the shelf and he slips out of the pages. Now, normally the Wolf is big and bad, but he’s out of his element and there’s a large cat chasing him. He must find a way to save himself in a book that won’t mind having a big and bad wolf in it. To just find the right story…

Personal Reaction: I love fairytale retellings, so this book was right up my alley. I loved how the wolf jumped in and out of stories trying to find a safe space away from the cat until he found the prefect story for him to stay in. Although, I do wonder about his own story… what happened without him there? That would be the perfect follow-up book for the author and illustrator to write!

Title: The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book
Author: Thierry Robberecht
Illustrator: Grégoire Mabire
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Book Review: It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk

16 Sep

25753208I picked this book up fully expecting it to be in rhyme because if you don’t know, Josh Funk is the King of Rhyme. But it’s not, which was a complete surprise! I loved Jack’s voice in this book, not willing to have someone tell his own story andI perceived him to be much smarter in this version than in the traditional fairy tale where he thought that magic beans would be the best option when selling his cow and when he decided to steal from a giant (again and again).

In this story he doesn’t want to sell his best friend Bessie, the cow, Jack wants the magic beans to grant him a wish – to get his cow back. While Jack makes his way up the beanstalk, he’s invited to Cinderella’s ball and when he reaches the giant he really, really doesn’t want to die. I won’t spoil the story, but the giant is awesome and such a fun character. The illustrators enhance the story with a style that reminds me of television cartoons with bright colors and fun little hidden homages to other fairy tales in the illustrations, this is story you can’t read just once!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Jack’s not happy w the narrator- he doesn’t want to sell his cow for magic beans, climb a beanstalk or get eaten by a giant.What’s he to do?

Title: It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk
Author: Josh Funk
Illustrator: Edwardian Taylor
Publisher: Two Lions
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Page Number: 40 pgs.

Importance of Fairy Tales

17 Aug

fairy talesFairy tales are one of my favorite genres to read, I love the magic, the mystery and the thought that these stories have been passed down through the generations. I love reading fractured fairy tales, different spins on old classics and modern re-tellings. I came across a few articles on Brightly that discuss fairy tales and wanted to add my own take.

Hear what Liesl Shurtliff, a middle grade author of fairy tales talk about the importance of taking fairy tales seriously, how fairy tales look simple from the outside, but when you really dig deep you find more questions than answers and maybe even some answers to questions you didn’t know you had.

Check out Melissa Taylor’s ten reasons why it’s important to read non-Disney fairy tales. Simple reasons like life lessons, more difficult reasons like cultural appreciation and scary in a safe context and more importantly – princesses don’t have dress codes that require them to wear pink.

And last (but certainly not least) – if you’re like me and believe that the fairy tales you know are mostly from Europe, you’d be surprised to find how many variations there are of the same story across the world. Lon Po Po is similar to Red Riding Hood in China, The Rough-Faced Girl is an Algonquin Cinderella story and The Talking Eggs is a Creole inspired fairy tale from Louisiana. You won’t want to miss this list of great multicultural fairy tales and if you stop by your local library, you’ll find even more great titles!

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