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Children's LiteratureShrek & Fiona are celebrating their first anniversary as husband and wife ogres. Shrek's best friend, Donkey, has organized an anniversary slide show surprise party. A miniature slide show projector with more than fifty slides accompanies the text and pictures in this book, which features Donkey narrating some of the highlights of the ogres' relationship leading up to the celebration. The fairy tale characters from the Dreamworks' movie Shrek 2 are on hand to help Donkey surprise the happy couple. Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Blind Mice, Puss In Boots, and Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of Far Far Away, gather at "the swamp, deep in the forest, outside of Shrek & Fiona's cottage just before sundown" for the event. Shrek fans are sure to love having their favorite characters from the movie come alive with this interactive picture book. There are some questionable jokes about flatulence and manliness in the text that, unfortunately, do not measure up to the caliber of the movie. The orange slide projector requires two AA batteries, which are not included. There is a reading light on the side of the projector, which allows children to read in a darkened room. Instructions for projector use are provided at the front of the book. There are three disks with slides to use with the projector. The format of this kit allows children to store the projector and disks alongside the book. Children will probably enjoy inviting friends over to see the slide show; however, the quality of the pictures projected might be a bit disappointing, considering the price of this kit. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 5 to 9.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.