The Great Fairy Tale Disaster: David Conway & Melanie Williamson
(Hodder Children’s Books, 2012)
It’s paperback publication day for this book today! The Big Bad Wolf is getting old, he’s got no huff and puff and is fed up of falling into hot water.
“What I need,” the wolf thought to himself, “is a nice relaxing fairy tale for a change.” So he scampered off into the pages of The Fairy Tale Book to find one.
Every tale has its own disadvantages (dresses! giants! bears!) and eventually all the tales roll together making a complete mess. A brilliant mess of fairy tales. I love ‘twists’ on traditional fairy tales and they are so much more meaningful now my girls are older and experienced in the traditional fairy tale. When they were babies, I think I exposed them (certainly MG) the wrong way round by reading more untraditional tales than traditional. Ooops. Now we can all enjoy them more, traditional and non 🙂
One of the many things I love about this book, is that it is ‘gender neutral’ so can be enjoyed by boys and girls. Not something that has ever influenced my book buying (other than avoiding pink to start with – not now, and that’s a post in itself, but I recommend reading this post on gendered packaging from Nosy Crow) but something I am more and more aware of as my children grow.
Great fun, recommended by all the Chaos family, and we’ll be looking out for David & Melanie’s earlier The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster too.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.