PreS-Gr 4-Pleasantly urbane, as well as whimsically humorous, award-winning storyteller Jim Weiss inventively retells nine well-known stories and poems. The collection includes two Hans Christian Anderson selections, "The Real Princess" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," both gently updated and amusingly presented. Nonsense poems by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and Hillaire Belloc are interspersed with an African trickster tale where Anansi outwits the other jungle creatures, and an Indian tale where a tiger, a Brahmin, and a jackal match wits. Weiss introduces each piece with information about the author or the story. The emphasis is on the comic nature of these classic works, and Weiss's smooth but energetic delivery enlivens these often-told tales. Cover art and liner notes are basic, and sound quality is good. This is an appealing way to introduce elementary school youngsters to poems such as "Jabberwocky" and "Father William," but it will also work well as a model of good storytelling for older students and adults. A top-notch choice for both school and public libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.