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The Great Fairy Tale Disaster
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With wit and flair, well-loved fairy tales are turned on their head in this hilarious book!

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David Conway has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. He has also been awarded The Peter Pan Silver Star by the Swedish wing of the IBBY and the Parents' Choice Gold Award in the US. His first picture book The Most Important Gift of All with Karin Littlewood was nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal in 2006. Melanie Williamson is one of the best newcomers around. She won the Rothertham Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sheffield Award. Wolf's Magnificent Masterplan was selected by Bookaboo.

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Melanie Williamson's colours and zany shapes picture this topsy-turvyness perfectly. * School Librarian * Detailed layers of vivid colour and a swirling, swooping text give this action-packed caper a rich, textured look. Comical, cheeky and filled with nostalgia, this is a whistle-stop tour of popular fairytales and bags of fun. * Junior * Very funny... entertaining and inventive. * parentsintouch.co.uk * A hilarious outrageously silly almost surreal follow up to the best-selling Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster. Wonderful! You must have this book! * School Librarian * The huffy puffy canine embarks on a journey through an assortment of well-loved stories in this witty tale with arresting, colourful illustrations. * Junior * Hilarious. * Primary Times * A highly funny read... children will love the way that all of their favourite tales merge into slightly mad new ones. * Bookbag * A funny, slapstick picture book that will get youngsters roaring with laughter. * Birmingham Post * 'It's an amusingly anarchic take on a familiar format, with matchingly madcap illustrations' * Carousel * 'The colourful vibrant pictures perfectly illustrate this funny tale.' FAMILY INTEREST MAGAZINE * Family Interest Magazine * "Melanie Williamson's illustrations are eye-catchingly quirky and superbly original." * The Observer * PRAISE FOR THE GREAT NURSERY RHYME DISASTER: "... gorgeous pages filled (by Melanie Williamson) with colour, action, incident and pattern. " * THE TIMES * A highly funny read...my daughters were laughing out loud. Small children will love the way that all of their favourite tales merge into slightly mad new ones. Bright, bold illustrations...very entertaining...so much fun that it is sure to become a firm favourite * The Bookbag * Detailed layers of vivid colour and a swirling, swooping text give this action-packed caper a rich, textured look...Comical, cheeky and filled with nostalgia, this is a whistle-stop tour of popular fairytales and bags of fun * Junior * The huffy-puffy canine embarks on a journey through an assortment of well-loved stories in this witty tale with arresting, colourful illustrations * Junior * A hilarious, outrageously silly, almost surreal follow up to the best-selling Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster * The School Librarian * A funny, slapstick picture book that will get youngsters roaring with laughter * Birmingham Post * Melanie Wiliamson's colours and zany shapes picture this topsy-turveyness perfectly * The School Librarian *

PreS-Gr 2-This companion to The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster (Tiger Tales, 2009) stars an aging big bad wolf. Aching for a vacation, he turns to a compilation of fairy tales and tries to find "a relaxing fairy tale for a change." The wolf barges right into some tales, while in others he creeps in unexpectedly. When Cinderella's fairy godmother dresses him for the ball, he find himself suddenly cast as Sleeping Beauty and receives an unsolicited kiss. At this, he hurls himself into another tale, Jack Skellington-style, and so on, until there is quite a tangle of tales (and more kisses, just for the ew-effect). The illustrations work in perfect tandem with this accessible and fast-paced romp. The beanstalk requires a pivoting of the book, and readers traverse checker-boarded forest paths and troll-patrolled bridges. The palette is bright and balanced, full of lively and textured patterns, stylized elongated fir trees, and rotund, huggable faces. Burtonesque curlicues wind around the pages. Flying objects and myriad small creatures leave little white space for reflection but offer plenty of opportunities for discovering hidden details in this densely illustrated, whirlwind tale. Anyone looking for a lighthearted read with a droll ending that will engage young readers will find it here. Pair it with any fractured fairy tales, while reading it with Mario Ramos's I Am So Handsome (Gecko, 2012) might present a good opportunity to discuss all things wolfish.-Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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