Seven Stories

Seven Stories

by Ed Briant
     
 

In this unusual picture book, designed to resemble the seven-story apartment building in which it is set, a little girl's sleep is disrupted by her very rowdy neighbors. To her consternation, and to the reader's delight, those neighbors turn out to be characters from six well-known stories— including Jack of beanstalk fame, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and

Overview

In this unusual picture book, designed to resemble the seven-story apartment building in which it is set, a little girl's sleep is disrupted by her very rowdy neighbors. To her consternation, and to the reader's delight, those neighbors turn out to be characters from six well-known stories— including Jack of beanstalk fame, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Cinderella. And the seventh? It turns out to be the heroine herself, who has a pea under her mattress.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It's evening in the city, and a girl is tucked into her bed in a cozy room filled with books and toys. However, her noisy neighbors, who all seem to be fairy-tale characters, keep her awake. At nine o'clock there is a loud "clomp" from apartment five, followed by a "Fee? Fie! Fo. Fumm?" Next, a witch in number three shrieks at two children to stay still while she tends the oven. And so it goes until the girl gets up to pick up her books, which are now scattered across the floor. In the clever ending, she recalls something that she learned from a princess and reaches under her mattress to remove the pea that has been keeping her awake. The characters, from tales such as "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Three Bears," and "Hansel and Gretel," are never named, so children familiar with their stories will delight in identifying them. The mix of reality and fantasy will remind readers of the power of these timeless tales and the fact that these characters live most vividly in children's imaginations. The bright cartoons bring comfort and humor-not fear-into the nighttime setting.-Holly T. Sneeringer, University of Maryland, Baltimore Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Playing it (more or less) straight in the text but not in the pictures, Briant chronicles a young insomniac's efforts to get to sleep, stymied by noises all around, from bumps and shrieks in adjoining apartments, to voices in the hallway and commotions down in the street. The ruckus is created by a set of unusual but familiar fellow residents, from a giant searching for his goose and three irritated bears catching an interloper in one of their beds, to a lovely party-goer losing a slipper as she runs down the front steps and a raggedly dressed wolf trying to entice a trio of piglets to come out and play. Briant creates a simply drawn setting and a multiethnic (not to mention multi-species) cast for this nighttime urban symphony-from which the wakeful narrator finally finds surcease by pulling a pea out from beneath her mattress: "Then I turned over once, turned over twice. And fell fast asleep." A restful alternative to the likes of Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey's Creepy Things Are Scaring Me (2003), illus by Rosanne Litzinger. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596430563
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ed Briant's book Paper Parade was named a Publisher's Weekly "Flying Start." He lives with his wife and two daughters in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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