Review of Very Little Red Riding Hood

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Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy; illus. by Sue Heap Preschool    Houghton    32 pp. 9/14    978-0-544-28000-7    $16.99 In this re-imagining, Little Red is a toddler. She’s affectionate, stubborn, imperious, and has no time for the intimidation techniques of the wolf. “No touch my cakes!” She hugs him, calls him Foxie, and proceeds to […]

Review of Poisoned Apples

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Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann; 
photos by various artists High School    Greenwillow    106 pp. 10/14    978-0-06-228957-5    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-228959-9    $9.99 For this poet, there is no dividing line between fairy tales and reality: “You can lose your way anywhere,” claims the poem with which she begins this collection […]

Review of Little Roja Riding Hood

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Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya; 
illus. by Susan Guevara Primary    Putnam    32 pp. 4/14    978-0-399-24767-5    $16.99    g Little Red rides an ATV to deliver la canasta (basket) to her ailing abuela in this hip updated version of the traditional tale. Liberally sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases, the rhyming text is fresh […]

Jack and the Beanstalk app review

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The latest in Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series, Jack and the Beanstalk (January 2013), features all of the developer’s thoughtful design hallmarks (main text and speech bubbles narrated by child actors; intuitive, no-reading-required navigation; a wide repertoire of possible interactive responses; subtle verbal and visual interactivity prompts), but this is perhaps the most activity-driven and […]

Bluebeard app review

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BumpBump Books’s app Bluebeard, a French Folk Tale (January 2013) retells the fairy tale in clear, concise text. A young woman, despite some misgivings, marries a wealthy man with a blue beard. Bluebeard gives his new bride all the keys to his home, but tells her she must not enter a particular room. When Bluebeard […]

The Waking Prince e-book review

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The Waking Prince (The Story Elves, March 2013) is an original fairy tale set in a kingdom where witches curse people over any grievance, no matter how small. Everyone knows that when a princess falls victim to a curses, it’s a prince’s duty to break the spell. But Prince Jeremy guiltily wonders if princes should […]

New fairy tales booklist

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

In honor of guest columnist Rapunzel, we’ve created a “fairy tales, old and new” booklist! You’ll find straightforward retellings, re-envisionings, poetry, and even mash-ups. What’s your favorite fairy-tale re-imagining?

Ask Rapunzel roundup

This week on Out of the Box, guest columnist Rapunzel has been helping readers with fairy-tale dilemmas, from marital woes to unruly enchanted objects. Who needs a fairy godmother with Rapunzel around? Don’t miss her columns: Snarky stepchildren Family matters Good-for-nothing critters A cave of one’s own Boor or bear? “Be Our Guest”? Not so […]

Fairy tales, old and new

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer

The books recommended below were all published within the last several years and reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry The Goldilocks Variations written by Allan Ahlberg, illus. by Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick) Six tongue-in-cheek variants […]

Ask Rapunzel: “Be Our Guest”? Not so much

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Are you a seventh son sick of hand-me-downs? Had it up to here with the dragon lady next door? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma. Our beautiful singing harp has been a cherished family possession for years. Well, if you can believe it, the other day it told me that I was getting […]