Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale

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From the award winning creative team who brought you The Uglified Ducky, a Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List Finalist, comes the latest fractured fairy tale from Maynard Moose. You may think you know the story of Rapunzel, or the Seven Dwarfs, but think again. In the capable hands of his narrator Maynard Moose, storytellerWilly Claflin takes us on a wacky journey where family becomes fambly and extremely becomes distremely. (English teachers take heart; a Moose-English ...
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Overview

From the award winning creative team who brought you The Uglified Ducky, a Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List Finalist, comes the latest fractured fairy tale from Maynard Moose. You may think you know the story of Rapunzel, or the Seven Dwarfs, but think again. In the capable hands of his narrator Maynard Moose, storytellerWilly Claflin takes us on a wacky journey where family becomes fambly and extremely becomes distremely. (English teachers take heart; a Moose-English glossary is included.)
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Publishers Weekly
The collaborators of The Uglified Ducky offer another story in that fractured tradition. Storyteller Maynard Moose amplifies the silliness of this hybrid tale with snippets of moose dialect, translated in a glossary. When a witch can't find a way to keep Punzel's hair clean (it has become "distremely filthified—all full of sticks and twigs and little nastified wudgies of glop"), she locks the girl in a tower. In a contrivance pulled off more amusingly in Leah Wilcox's Falling for Rapunzel (Putnam, 2003), Punzel misunderstands the prince's request that she let down her hair and first throws down a pear and chair. When Punzel finally hears right, the "chubbified" prince's heft catapults the girl out the window when he tries to climb her tresses. Landing in a pond, she's rescued by "eight or nine seven dwarfs," but more problems await. Stimson's quirky digital art has a comedic exaggeration that's in keeping with the hyperbolic text. The prose, intentionally shot through with malapropisms and bad grammar, won't be for everyone, but fans should find it a perky read-aloud. Audio CD included. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
Good storytellers achieve a following because of many factors such as their physical presence, their elocution, their twist of the tongue or wink of an eye, or even the manner in which they speak. Most importantly, they have a compelling story to tell. Claflin is a storyteller extraordinaire and this is one of the stories his Maynard Moose puppet tells. It is charming, full of moose grammar, usages, and malapropisms, and is a goofy mix of three traditional tales. It would take much practice to give this story the potential it deserves as a read-aloud, but fortunately, there is a CD included that is a recording of Claflin reading the story in the moose-like manner he had in mind when creating this story. That's not to say that no one else can do it justice; in fact, that's a challenge to all of you out there who fancy yourselves great readers—get hold of this book for a rollicking, frolicking romp through fractured fairy tale land and enjoy the "distrememly filthified wudgies of glop." Children will appreciate its whimsy, play on words, and irreverent, humorous treatment of traditional tales. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—In this fractured version of two classic tales, reset in the Northern Piney Woods of Maine, Punzel, "with long, long goldie hair," is locked in a tower by a witch to keep her hair from dragging on the dirty ground and getting muck in it. A well-meaning but very heavy Prince tries to rescue her; instead he vaults her into a duck pond where she meets "eight or nine seven dwarfs." The rest of the book is a mash-up of "Rapunzel," "Snow White," and "Sleeping Beauty" with the dwarves creating a "Sleeping Punzel Museum." But in the end, she gets her prince...sort of. The story is told in "old Moose Speech" with words such as "filthified" and "glop" scattered throughout the book. A helpful glossary of "moose words" is included at the beginning. The fractured English may not be helpful for children learning to read, but it will be entertaining in its pure silliness. A CD of Claflin's humorous narration keeps the story lively. Stimson's digital artwork is funny and has little details that children can pore over.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874839142
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 531,325
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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    Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs with Audio CD is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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