Friday, January 17, 2014

Once Upon a Golden Apple

Once Upon a Golden Apple

Authors: Jean Little and Maggie de Vries
Illustrator: Phoebe Gilman

Once Upon a Golden Apple

Genre: Picture Book, Fractured Fairy Tale

Summary (from Goodreads):  In this hilarious fractured fairy tale, everything seems to go wrong. Goldilocks lives with the seven dwarfs, a princess kisses a reluctant dragon, and she and her prince rescue the Wicked Witch of the West...until all mischief is sorted out and everyone lives happily ever after. Jean Little and Maggie de Vries' whimsical text and Phoebe Gilman's magical illustrations make this a magnificent feast for anyone who loves a good story — even when it's wrong!

Review: This is the story of a father who makes up a story for his two little kids, and mixes up all the fairy tales, to the kids' delight.  The illustrations are just beautiful, and full of funny little details that my kids love to look at.  They enjoy the story, too, especially because they can help read it by saying "No, No, No!" on every page.  There are a couple fairy tale references that my kids don't understand, and a few that even I don't know - I guess we'll have to start reading more traditional fairy tales!

Rating: 4 stars

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