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Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale
     

Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale

by Willy Claflin, James Stimson (Illustrator)
 
"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago..." So begins this story of... Rapunzel?... and The Seven, or Eight, or NINE Dwarfs? Hey, what's going on here??? Welcome to the slightly off-track world of Maynard Moose and the ancient Mother Moose tales. Willy Claflin channels and translates these tales for our entertainment and enlightenment—or maybe just

Overview

"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago..." So begins this story of... Rapunzel?... and The Seven, or Eight, or NINE Dwarfs? Hey, what's going on here??? Welcome to the slightly off-track world of Maynard Moose and the ancient Mother Moose tales. Willy Claflin channels and translates these tales for our entertainment and enlightenment—or maybe just to confuse us. Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs exemplifies the lesson in many of these stories... "That there ain't no moral to some stories at all." This goofy take on a classic fairytale will teach readers the importance of courage, resourcefulness and responsibility.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874839142
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Pages:
33
Sales rank:
604,722
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Willy Claflin Bio: Willy Claflin is the author of four award winning LittleFolk picture books: The Uglified Ducky, Rapunzel & The Seven Dwarfs, The Bully Goat Grim, and The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go To Sleep. Willy’s retelling of original and classic traditional stories incorporates a unique wacky fairy tale persona with his trusted sidekick, Maynard Moose. Willy insists that Maynard is the actual author of these stories and that he, Willy, is merely the Moose-to-English translator of these whimsical tales. All of Willy’s Maynard Moose picture books include a CD with a field recording of Maynard narrating the story and a Moose-to-English dictionary for those of us not fluent in “Moose-speak”. Willy grew up in New Hampshire and spent his introverted childhood daydreaming and wandering through the woods, listening to his father’s bedtime stories and worrying about the wolf under his bed. As a student at Harvard University, he studied American and French Literature while spending his free time performing music and comedy in the lively Boston folk music scene. After graduation, he turned his attention to classroom teaching and found that he had a gift for engaging his students with creative curriculum and developed his major puppet characters: Maynard Moose, Boring Beaver, Socklops, and Gorf. When he decided to commit to performing and touring full-time, he brought a wealth of stories and puppet monologues to his repertoire along with a deep appreciation of how to connect with kids of all ages. Today Willy is a popular storyteller who crisscrosses the country performing at special events and in schools. As an author, his four Maynard Moose picture books have won ten awards and received critical praise. He is a favorite performer at the annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, at regional festivals and in classrooms across the land. Willy is also a member of the prestigious National Storytelling Networks' Circle of Excellence and he often records and performs traditional ballads and blues with his son, Brian Claflin. Currently, when he isn’t touring, Willy lives in San Francisco with his wife and business partner, Jacqueline Darrigrand. Willy is also a favorite performer at the annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, at regional festivals and in classrooms across the land. Willy is a member of the prestigious National Storytelling Networks' Circle of Excellence and he often records and performs traditional ballads and blues with his son, Brian Claflin. Willy lives in San Francisco with his wife and business partner, Jacqueline Darrigrand.
James Stinson Bio: James Stimson is a popular author, award-winning illustrator, and fine artist who currently lives on the foggy coast of northern California. He has worked as a designer for feature animated film, as a commercial illustrator, and as an illustrator for children's picture books. He has successfully collaborated with the author and storyteller, Willy Claflin on four award winning Maynard Moose picture books.

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