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Sleepless Beauty
     

Sleepless Beauty

by Frances Minters, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
 

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Here's an all-new rhyming twist on an age-old story. Little Beauty is completely modern, but she and Sleeping Beauty have one thing in common: the witch's curse. Can this damsel in distress outsmart the witch and create her own happy ending? Detail-packed, stylish art perfectly complements the funny, fast-paced rhyming fairy tale.<P>"Primary-grade children

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Here's an all-new rhyming twist on an age-old story. Little Beauty is completely modern, but she and Sleeping Beauty have one thing in common: the witch's curse. Can this damsel in distress outsmart the witch and create her own happy ending? Detail-packed, stylish art perfectly complements the funny, fast-paced rhyming fairy tale.<P>"Primary-grade children will love this."--<i>Booklist</i><P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations<br>* 32 pages<br>* Ages 3-8

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The heroine of this fractured fairy tale lives in a high-rise apartment building, listens to a Walkman and is wooed by a guitar-toting prince. Karas's stylish artwork contributes a quirky twist to the tale. Ages 3-8. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
An uptown, sophisticated adaptation of the childhood classic Sleeping Beauty, this clever rendition in rhyme is a challenging and humorous read. The imaginative, monochromatic drawings and creative layout are a perfect pairing for this delightful story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4In this snappy, sassy version of "Sleeping Beauty," young Beauty pricks her finger on a phonograph needle but outwits the witch's curse by setting her clock radio alarm. As in Cinder-Elly (Viking, 1994), Minters tells the story in raplike rhymes that have more feet per line than the earlier book, resulting in a looser, bouncier rhythm that rarely falters. Karas's gouache, acrylic, and pencil illustrations evoke New York City in winter with a muted, sophisticated palette of black, gray, brown, and tan, punctuated with yellow, olive green, and rosy touches. The funky, exaggerated artwork supports the upbeat verse, although some readers might wonder how Beauty's hair got bobbed since sharp objects were never allowed near her. The scenes are loaded with deft touches, such as Beauty's smiling house clock radio and the "Disco Dynamite" label on the LP proffered by the witch. Very young children will enjoy the rollicking rhythm, but overall the book has more appeal to readers already familiar with the classic tale.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140566192
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/05/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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