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Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley
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Dec 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-book-easy
Read in January, 2006

Two kids are supposed to research a fairy tale and then report back to their class, but they couldn’t agree on one. So they made up their own, which has elements of all kinds of fairy tales. The girl partner starts the story, and it’s all flowery, princessy and beautiful. The boy partner interrupts half way through the story and brings in the motorcycle dude who is strong and tough (should I say ‘tuff’?). He tells for a bit, but then they begin to interrupt each other more and more, until they agree to work together to finish the story. This is a fun book, and readers will enjoy the power struggle between the two; girls will especially love the bit of girl-power that shows up partway through the telling. O’Malley did the classroom and student illustrations, and he partnered with two other illustrators to show when the girl was telling the story and when the boy was telling the story. This book would work really well for a tandem storytelling, if you ever have the chance.
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