The Fairy Tale Handbook
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The Fairy Tale Handbook

by Libby Hamilton, Tomislav Tomic
     
 

Go on an adventure to meet all the legendary fairy-tale characters!

Explore the amazing world of favorite fairy tales in this novelty-packed guide. Includes lift-the-flap maps, miniature books, insider information on famous characters like Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man, and a closer look at more troublesome folk, including the Big Bad Wolf! With a

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Go on an adventure to meet all the legendary fairy-tale characters!

Explore the amazing world of favorite fairy tales in this novelty-packed guide. Includes lift-the-flap maps, miniature books, insider information on famous characters like Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man, and a closer look at more troublesome folk, including the Big Bad Wolf! With a wealth of amazing detail to pore over, fairy-tale fans will love to explore this guide again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Hamilton (The Monstrous Book of Monsters) offers a guide to common fairy-tale figures and settings. Preexisting knowledge of stories like Cinderella, Pinocchio and The Wizard of Oz are necessary—references to silver slippers and the Wicked Witch of the West appear, for instance, but without any mention of Baum’s story. Tomic’s artwork borrows from popular representations of fairy-tale characters and locations, while maintaining a sense of grace and novelty in his depictions. Interactive features include flaps (for seeking out hidden animals or discovering the secrets of princesses like Rapunzel and Snow White), mini-booklets, and pop-up wedding celebration. Fine as an overview for casual fairy-tale fans, but too unspecific and general to engage devotees. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
This interactive guidebook to the fairy-tale world teems with background details, maps and pop quizzes. … Tomic’s illustrations have an Old World feel.
—New York Times

Tomic’s artwork borrows from popular representations of fairy-tale characters and locations, while maintaining a sense of grace and novelty in his depictions. Interactive features include flaps (for seeking out hidden animals or discovering the secrets of princesses like Rapunzel and Snow White), mini-booklets, and pop-up wedding celebration.
—Publishers Weekly

Elegant figures in medieval dress give the illustrations for this revue of stock European folk-tale settings and characters (plus some modern hangers-on) a classic air. The lavish detailing begins on the cover with a view of a pumpkin carriage nearly hidden by gnomes and pigs, a wolf in granny clothing, a golden goose and other recognizable figures.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Children who are well-versed in traditional childhood stories will especially enjoy this book. Many stars of stories by the Grimm Brothers dot the pages; readers will see Snow White, Rapunzel, the three little bears, Hansel and Gretel, and others. Some are drawn from classic tales such as the story of Chicken Little, as well as those authored by Hans Christian Andersen, including the Little Mermaid, the Snow Queen, and Thumbelina. Still others come from more modern tales; the Wicked Witch of the West is mentioned several times, and there is a sorcerer that seems contemporary in nature. The Gingerbread Man is here, too. Magical creatures such as goblins, trolls, and dragons abound. Readers are invited to immerse themselves in the fairy tale realm, and delve into many of the touchstones of the genre: famous buildings of the tales, enchanted characters, town elements, princesses, maps, and more. It is all tied up with a wedding—Cinderella’s, naturally. Hamilton and Tomic have developed an interactive book with lift-the-flaps, hidden pictures, spin dials, pop-ups. Three mini books-within-the-book are included, providing story “breaks” in the midst of the activities. The illustrations are richly detailed, adding to the fun. This is a book to pore over time and again. Hardcore readers of fairy tales may be disappointed that, in Hansel and Gretel, the witch is trapped in a cage and taken to jail rather than pushed into the oven, the traditional ending. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 4 to 10.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-06
Elegant figures in medieval dress give the illustrations for this revue of stock European folk-tale settings and characters (plus some modern hangers-on) a classic air. The lavish detailing begins on the cover with a view of a pumpkin carriage nearly hidden by gnomes and pigs, a wolf in granny clothing, a golden goose and other recognizable figures. Following a title page crammed with images—including slippers both glass and ruby—thematic spreads inside map out typical fairy-tale locales. These include the populous "Great Forest," "Right Royal Homes & Gardens," and a busy cobbled street with a pied piper marching rats past a booted kitty ("Who is this well-dressed traveler?") and "Geppetto's Toy Shop" as Peter Pan soars overhead. Other spreads present galleries of cast-member types, notably a bevy of lissome princesses with heavy-lidded, come-hither looks. Along with numerous die-cut flaps and gatefolds, four inset booklets offer nonviolent versions of "Hansel and Gretel" (the witch is pushed into Hansel's cage rather than the oven and later carted off to jail) and three other chestnuts. The bland proceedings close with a pop-up wedding scene, because "[n]o fairy-tale book would be complete without a wedding." Even begging the conflation of traditional folklore with The Wizard of Oz and other folkloric fantasy, readers familiar with the originals will barely recognize these coy renditions. (Pop-up nonfiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763671303
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Pages:
20
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Libby Hamilton has written a variety of books for children, including The Monstrous Book of Monsters, which was a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Award.

Tomislav Tomic has been a children’s book illustrator for many years. His books include the international bestseller Wizardology.

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