Thursday, March 12, 2009

Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale, ill. by Howard Fine

I recommend this book for: older kids and grownups

It's a picture book, but I'm not sure how much kid appeal this one has. In a twist on the Sleeping Beauty story, Princess Drachmina Lofresca Malvolio Margarine (Marge for short) is cursed to be run over by a pie wagon and die when she turns 16. But all is not lost - a slightly deaf fairy changes the curse so that she'll merely turn into a sleeping dragon until she is awoken by a quince.

I found this book to be funny in an off-beat sort of way, but young kids won't get the jokes. The pictures are lovely, and although I couldn't figure out why the story was narrated by a frog, I liked him.  This title could be useful for older students studying fractured fairy tales, or just for a good laugh as a read-aloud.  

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