We all know about the story of the "Three Little Pigs", but has anyone wondered about what the wolf has to say about it? In this book the Big Bad Wolf...moreWe all know about the story of the "Three Little Pigs", but has anyone wondered about what the wolf has to say about it? In this book the Big Bad Wolf tells the people that the story isn't how everybody thinks...
In this hilarious story, the wolf claims to be innocent. He was just trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old grandmother. If the third little pig had not been rude to the wolf, the wolf would not be in jail still asking for a cup of sugar.
I like the idea of teaching children to empathize and think beyond the literal. And certainly children will develop this as they grow.
This timeless Dr. Seuss classic was first published in 1960, and has been delighting readers ever since. Sam-I-am is as persistent as a telemarketer,...moreThis timeless Dr. Seuss classic was first published in 1960, and has been delighting readers ever since. Sam-I-am is as persistent as a telemarketer, changing as many variables as possible in the hopes of convincing the nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored.
He tries every manner of presentation with this "nouveau cuisine"--in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat--to no avail. Then finally, finally the doubter caves under the tremendous pressure exerted by the tireless Sam-I-am. And guess what? Well, you probably know what happens next.
Aside from the simple words, the book portrays a very important message--do not be afraid to try new things. No one can argue against ”Green Eggs and Ham”'s importance in children's literature, nor question Dr. Seuss' skill at successfully writing a book with only fifty unique words (and all but one are monosyllabic!). But you would also be right if you see Sam-I-am's dogged persistence as an example of peer pressure, even if the end justifies the means. Are we teaching children that "No Means No" only the first dozen times?
A man takes umbrage with a young girl ogling his outrageous hairdo, and tells her in a series of increasingly ridiculous rhymes all the things that ca...moreA man takes umbrage with a young girl ogling his outrageous hairdo, and tells her in a series of increasingly ridiculous rhymes all the things that can be found in the stupendous swaths swirling upon his head “Hunters send in expeditions, / Radio back their positions / Still, we’ve lost a dozen there / Lost inside my crazy hair.”
Each page is a veritable feast for the eyes, with frazzled clumps of hair competing for attention with outlandish elements—carousels, pirate ships, blue octopi, comb-eating bears—incorporated into the frenzied mix.
Taken from a poem that Gaiman wrote in response to his daughter's comment about his "crazy hair's" behavior in humidity, he has applied his trademark ear for delightful, offbeat descriptions and, in this case, unusual rhyme. McKean's art is dark, lovely, and fantastical and enhances the text.
I will say that it is just a tad creepy that this guy's hair abducts the little girl. But it's also just a storybook, right?
You may think you know the story of the "Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf"--but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf...moreYou may think you know the story of the "Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf"--but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history.
This is the tale of what happened to the three little pigs, from the wolf's point of view. It's funny how the wolf tries to appeal to the readers' sympathies, as he describes how he's simply been misunderstood all these years! At long last, the viewer has a chance to look past the biased press and (undoubtedly) stacked juries to hear the true story from the lips of Mr. Alexander T. Wolf himself.
"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" would be a great read aloud and could be used as a wonderful example of compare and contrast lesson when used in conjunction with the original fairy tale.
Title The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf Author Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
Kasza gives us a marvelous story that will remain a classic from here on in. She gives us rising and falling action, a prot...more"Just a thought Mr. Fox..."
Kasza gives us a marvelous story that will remain a classic from here on in. She gives us rising and falling action, a protagonist who belies his seeming innocence at the start of the tale, plenty of spoonfuls of humor, and a twist ending that no one sees coming. I read this book aloud to a group of third-graders to my grade 7 students and they all adored it. Everyone does, it seems.
Set against white backgrounds, the lively illustrations enhance the humorous and witty text. The fox's facial expressions clearly reflect his range of emotions, as he goes from sheer elation to pure exhaustion. He is as gullible and endearing as the pig is sly and charming. A good choice for story-hours as well as one-on-one readings. A little gem that children and adults alike would appreciate.
Title My Lucky Day Author Keiko Kasza Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
This clever little book is a delight for both children and adults. Dahl takes the oh-so-familiar nursery rhymes you're used to--Cinderella, Little Red...moreThis clever little book is a delight for both children and adults. Dahl takes the oh-so-familiar nursery rhymes you're used to--Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs--and turns them upside down and inside out.
I think Dahl was specially creative in this little book twisting and turning classical children tales into salacious, hilariously funny rhythms that you can read over and over again and still manage a chuckle here and there.
Be cautious of what other reviewers tell you about the language in the book...remember, Dahl was essentially an old-world English fuddy-duddy. I do have a word of caution, however: They are titled "Revolting Rhymes" for a reason and are not for the faint of heart! If you are looking for a charming little story where all of the characters live happily ever after, then you've come to the wrong place. These little poems are graphic and grotesque and well, revolting!
Title Revolting Rhymes Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
Little Billy, bored with being good, ignores his mother's admonition to stay out of The Forest of Sin where "none come out, but many go in." He succum...moreLittle Billy, bored with being good, ignores his mother's admonition to stay out of The Forest of Sin where "none come out, but many go in." He succumbs to the Devil's invitation to explore the forest for himself. All is well until the boy hears the alarming sounds of a fire-breathing monster headed right for him. Luckily he discovers a tree of convenient size where, on climbing to its upper branches, he finds a whole village of miniature people.
I really like the idea of postage stamp-sized windows and doors opening in a huge tree, and tiny people in suction-cup boots walking out and strolling through the ceiling of the forest. "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Another great work from Roald Dahl -- the illustrations doing its best to make the world of the Minpins come alive for the reader.
Title The Minpins Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it?
It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you di...moreIf food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it?
It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow (a town with an outrageously funny name!) where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers every day. It would rain breakfast, lunch, and dinner and how the townspeople would just go outside and pick up what they wanted to eat. It also tells of how when there was something hot coming down, such as pizza or spaghetti and meatballs the people would hide inside till it stopped raining and go out with forks and plates afterwards--until the weather takes a turn for the worse...
The illustrations are very funny, moving from line drawings in black and white to lovely colored illustrations as the fantasy story begins. The story is full of imagination and the illustrations, though animated are detailed. The story is a modern tall tale and reading this book is like looking through a giant children's comic book. Things started getting interesting when the weather food goes berserk and spaghetti literally stops traffic downtown, the sea was full of floating bread rolls, etc. Stories don't get much more imaginative and creative than that!
Title Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Author Judi Barrett Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
What could possibly happen if you were a child who so wanted to have your friend's 2 goldfishes that you'd be willing to swap your Dad for them?
The c...moreWhat could possibly happen if you were a child who so wanted to have your friend's 2 goldfishes that you'd be willing to swap your Dad for them?
The children's actions are nuanced in a charming yet realistic manner, and it's easy to freely accept the logic of the book because it is, in essence, child logic.
McKean's drawings are primarily ink and what appears to be oil pastels, with occasional photographic images and newsprint worked in; full of collages, hidden messages, paint textures. Truly delightful and seamlessly ties with Gaiman's funny story.
I strongly suggest reading Gaiman's afterword. It's quite interesting and explains a lot about the book. As he said, "Of course one ought to be able to trade a father for goldfish. It seemed a sensible thing to do." :)
Title The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish Author Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
I love the quirky story! The story is fairy tale like but maybe a bit too terrifying for really young children (reminds me of "Coraline").
This pictur...moreI love the quirky story! The story is fairy tale like but maybe a bit too terrifying for really young children (reminds me of "Coraline").
This picture book displays the striking characteristics of a graphic novel: numerous four-panel pages opening into spreads that include painted people; scratchy ink-lined wolves (with their red glowing eyes); and photographed, computer-manipulated images courtesy of the great Dave McKean.
Lucy hears wolves hustling, bustling, crinkling, and crackling in the walls of the old house where her family lives, but no one believes her. Her mother says its mice, her brother says bats, and her father says what everyone seems to say, "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Lucy doesn't know what means but she & her family later found out when the wolves actually do come out of the walls.
Her family was forced to sleep at the bottom of the garden while they put forth suggestions as to where they should stay. Lucy was the one who refused to give up their house. When the family can't stand it anymore, they burst forth from the walls, scaring the wolves, who shout, "And when the people come out of the walls, it's all over!"
Title The Wolves in the Walls Author Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)