Overview

When their teacher gives a joint storytelling assignment, a boy and a girl have different ideas of how their fairy tale should evolve. Can they agree on who will live happily ever after? With a cool motorcycle dude and a beautiful princess the possibilities are endless!
Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! The dude came to fight the ugly, ...
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Overview

When their teacher gives a joint storytelling assignment, a boy and a girl have different ideas of how their fairy tale should evolve. Can they agree on who will live happily ever after? With a cool motorcycle dude and a beautiful princess the possibilities are endless!
Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! The dude came to fight the ugly, smelly giant with his mighty sword. She turned gold into thread while she cried for Buttercup, her favorite pony. And he took the princess's gold thread for payment The end!
Wait a minute! That's not how it ends!
Oh no?
Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who had to tell a fairy tale to the class, but they couldn't agree on the story. Will everyone live happily ever after?

Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three artists with distinct styles combine efforts for this rollicking story, which takes on the topic of gender differences with humor and insight. O'Malley's (Cinder Edna) cartoon-like boy and girl, their words appearing in thought balloons, present a library project. "I'll begin the story," says the girl. "My beginning is better, but go ahead," the boy responds, hinting at the book's tensions from the get-go. Heyer (The First Easter) illustrates the girl's story of Princess Tenderheart in flowing purple and pink robes, as she plays with her "eight beautiful ponies" (e.g., Jasmie, Nimble, Sophie, etc.). Her favorite was Buttercup, the girl reports from the bottom left-hand corner of the framed illustration; the boy, on the opposite corner, chagrined and somewhat panicked, says, "Please... don't call him Buttercup. Call him Ralph or something." After a giant steals the ponies and the weeping princess spins straw into gold, the boy directs the proceedings ("That's it... I can't take it anymore," says he). Goto's (Heat Wave) full-bleed spreads in garish hues signal a change in tone: "One day this really cool muscle dude rides up to the castle on his motorcycle." Naturally, the girl objects to this line of development. The story then becomes a collaborative effort (all three artists' styles appear on each page), as the two resist confining their characters to stereotypes. Entertaining and sophisticated, this book would make a great conversation starter about issues of gender stereotyping, and the benefits of teamwork. Ages 6-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young readers who have ever been forcibly yoked to a rival for some class project will glory in this contentious oral report. Unable to agree on a folktale to tell their classmates, a lad and lass decide to make it up as they go. She starts, with Princess Tenderheart-rendered by Heyer in flowing silk gowns and blonde tresses-pining for her beloved ponies, which are being stolen one by one by a giant. Gagging, the storyteller's companion proceeds to add a huge dude who roars up on a chopper to provide protection, and to battle a giant that, in Goto's testosterone-soaked oils, is green but far from jolly. Meanwhile, instead of passively sitting by spinning straw into gold, the Princess starts pumping iron . . . and on the tale seesaws, to a more or less happily-ever-after. The unusual collaboration among illustrators works seamlessly, with O'Malley supplying the storytellers, and Heyer and Goto the characters on separate pages or spreads. This disarming, funny and not agenda-driven dig at the hot-button issue of gender differences is likely to excite plenty of giggles-and perhaps some discussion, too. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802736321
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 265,800
  • Age range: 9 - 8 Years
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland. booksbyomalley.com

CAROL HEYER has created more than twenty-five picture books including The First Easter, Prancer, and Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. She lives in California. carolheyer.com

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland. booksbyomalley.com

SCOTT GOTO is the illustrator of several books, including Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and The Perfect Sword. He lives in Hawaii. scottgoto.com

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Recipe

Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! The dude came to fight the ugly, smelly giant with his mighty sword. She turned gold into thread while she cried for Buttercup, her favorite pony. And he took the princess's gold thread for payment The end!

Wait a minute! That's not how it ends!

Oh no?

Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who had to tell a fairy tale to the class, but they couldn't agree on the story. Will everyone live happily ever after?

During the first ten years of Kevin O'Malley's life, he didn't care about the difference between girls and boys. Over the next ten, he found out that there was a big difference. After ten more years (and marriage), Kevin discovered that the difference is really, really huge. Another ten years and two children later, Kevin wrote Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude. He still has no clue about girls.

Carol Heyer used to argue with the boys in her class about important things like princesses and giants, so she enjoyed collaborating on this dueling boy and girl story. Now Carol is a full-time writer and illustrator whose books have sold over a million copies.

Scott Goto thinks illustrating a story about a dude who battles giants with a bike and a big sword is the perfect way to start the day. However, the only bike he has is pedal powered, and he fought a giant once in school and got squashed. But he does own a big sword.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Loved It

    My youngest son (7) brought this home from school the other day. All of my kids (younger and older) stopped what they were doing when I was reading it. It then made rounds to each one individually. It wasn't put down for quite a while. Hilarious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was recommended by our elementary school's librarian. We are doing a unit on Fairy Tales and the fractured versions. I read this before they were assigned to create their own. My fifth grade students roared with laughter! They could really connect to this one! I love it and am ordering my own copy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    Fun and funny and charming

    This was a big hit with my ten and seven year old nephews and my four and seven year old nieces. I took it up to the lake house when they all were there, and they all loved it. The boys read and re-read it on their own, and the girls asked every adult willing to read them a story to read this book to them. I'll be grabbing the sequel for next year's family vacation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    My son's favorite book

    From a big reader, my 6 year old son says "this is the BEST BOOK EVER." It's actually very funny and a great introduction to boys especially of how different they are from girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Nice twist on classic story

    Very cute book. Good lesson on sharing, taking turns and cooperation. My 7 year old told me about it and said there was a long wait list for it at their library. The next day we went to B&N and picked it up and he reads it constantly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    AMAZING

    I loved this book. Ages 5-50 nd beyond love this book. It does'nt matter who you are- Buy it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    Very funny!

    This is a very cute book about a boy and girl with quite different views on how a fairy tale should go. Her version is ultra-feminine (with ponies and lots of tears), while his version is ultra-masculine (with motorcycles and decaying ogre teeth). While the gender roles are stereotypical for the most part, the two parties are able to find common ground, and the story offers a good chance to talk about compromise. It is great as a read-aloud if you are willing to play up the differences and do the voices. The kids loved hearing it at my school-age storytime, and I think the parents enjoyed it just as much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Fits every audience

    This book is a really wonderful read aloud book. The combination of character voices interupting each other had my little brothers laughing from beginning to end.

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