An Undone Fairy Tale

An Undone Fairy Tale
by Ian Lendler

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars.

This is the most hilarious picture book I’ve read in quite some time.  I could not stop giggling – which is not helpful if you work in a library!  A friend and I read this to the third graders last week, which is a perfect duet book.  Half the text is telling the story of the fairy tale, and the other half is the behind-the-scenes look at why you should slow down, because Ned the painter isn’t done with the pictures and so the King’s crown will have to be a doughnut and they’ll have to ride into battle on their snails.  Ned runs around making substitution after substitution and eventually they spell a very different ending.  A bit more advanced than Paper Bag Princess, I’d say, but along the same lines and more entertaining.

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