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A wonderful treasury of little-known folk tales full of adventure, mystery, and magical fun from around the world.

Escape to faraway mystical world where anything can happen: where a boy can find a belt that gives him amazing strength, where a frog can be a beautiful princess in disguise, and where princes can fly on magic carpets. Retold in wonderful detail by long-time
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Pavilion (first published October 18th 2010)
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Weronika
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Reading this at work and obviously not being the target audience perhaps hindered my experience, however, I feel there were too few illustrations, the stories written in an extremely simplistic manner and the graphic nature of some may be a tad problematic (literal squashing people to death and drowning children of which the murderer gets away leading me to question the morality lessons of some stories). I also hate how almost, if not all, of the stories end with the happy
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Blake Bramley
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful collection of lesser known folk tales from around the world.

Many have familiar subtleties to stories we may already know, but each is different enough to be an entirely new story. They are all reminiscent of the older more gruesome and mean fairytales that are traditionally told.

Quentin Blake’s illustrations are as always beautifully creative and colourful.

Sarri
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Vähän huijausta nimen kanssa, nämä sadut on kirjoittanut John Yeoman, ei Quentin Blake. Lyhyitä, ei kovin tunnettuja satuja Quentin Blaken kuvituksella. Osa kuvista oli mustavalkoisia. Yksi saduista oli itselleni entuudestaan tuttu. Jotkut sadut olivat asenteeltaan aika tympeitä tyyliin nalkuttava vaimo työnnetään lampeen ja mennään kaupunkiin löytämään itselle tuore, nuori vaimo. Joo.
Miri
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed by this, because I love Quentin Blake dearly, but these stories were so very lame. I forgot to count before returning the book, but out of probably twenty stories, only two had female protagonists, and almost every single one of the rest of them relied on very tired, very sexist stereotypes. Not a fan.
Winna
I love Quentin Blake's illustrations. It is a bit unfortunate that this book doesn't contain enough of them, although the ones here are splendid.

The stories are nothing I've heard before, that's why it's interesting to read. It makes for a handsome collection, either for a bedtime story treat or a coffee table book.

Got this on Bookdepository 25 hours sale :)
Ronni
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this because the stories were so random. Has a Roald Dahl-ness to it. But, for goodness sake, why must violence in children's books be soooo violent.
Carfig
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got this because of Quentin Blake's illustrations, and the stories are superb! Fantastic finds, expertly edited and retold by Yeoman. Highly recommended.
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“Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales” is a retelling of obscure folktales written by John Yeoman and illustrated by award winning artist Quentin Blake. Best known for the accompanying artwork in Roald Dahl’s creations, Blake has been awarded both the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Intended for children ages 7 – 9 in second through fourth grades, Yeoman researched tales so old they were originally passed along by word of mouth and left unwritten. The tales have been collected from around ...more
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John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycée in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960, and has resulted in a long list of successful children’s books of which a number of earlier well-loved titles are now being republished by Andersen Press for new generations of readers.