The Great Fairy Tale Disaster


The Big Bad Wolf is fed up with blowing down the Three LIttle Pig's houses. So off he goes in search of a new Fairy Tale to be in. But before you can say, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" the whole book of fairy tales becomes a mixed-up mess! Ages 3-7

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The Big Bad Wolf is fed up with blowing down the Three LIttle Pig's houses. So off he goes in search of a new Fairy Tale to be in. But before you can say, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" the whole book of fairy tales becomes a mixed-up mess! Ages 3-7

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This fractured fairy tale, a companion to The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster (2009), sprints to its finish as the wolf from the Three Little Pigs drops in on half a dozen other stories in search of some stress relief. Laughs are plentiful, and intriguing story possibilities flash by like train stations. First stop, Cinderella, where the fairy godmother gives the wolf a dress for the ball. “Wolves don’t wear dresses!” he cries, and skedaddles. He rushes up the beanstalk and down again, gets kissed by the Prince (“Yuck!... I’m not being kissed!”), and has some porridge (“What are you doing in our fairy tale?” asks Mommy Bear). Williamson’s figures have bendy appendages and eraser-shaped heads; colors and shapes swirl and the atmosphere is full of floating things, as if everything’s spinning. Sure enough, chaos reigns in the final pages—“Hansel and Gretel pushed Prince Charming into an oven. And Puss in Boots pricked his paw on a spindle and fell asleep for a hundred years”—before the wolf returns to his old job. Just the thing for a can’t-sit-still crowd. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Huffing and puffing and blowing little pigs houses down is becoming tedious for the Big Bad Wolf so he goes off in search of other fairy tales to inhabit. The results are nothing short of disastrous. He leaves in a panic when Cinderella's fairy godmother puts him in a dress and Jack's giant with his loud Fee Fie Fo Fum is just too scary. Kisses from a prince find him fleeing Sleeping Beauty and those grumpy Three Bears are a bit too demanding. Chaos reigns in the end with a princess kissing the ugly troll, Hansel and Gretel pushing a prince into the oven, and Puss in Boots falling into a deep sleep when he pricks his finger with a spindle. All this mayhem causes the Wolf to run back to the safety of his familiar tale. The premise here is witty and engaging and will keep children turning the pages to see where the wolf will go next. The flaw is in the ending which is confusing and a bit disappointing. Energetic illustration bursting with bright colors, odd angles, and crazy details add to the fun and the merriment. The long snouted wolf with his dashing monocle is the hero of the madcap adventure and his antics will elicit chuckles along the way. The disappointing ending, not withstanding, this is still a fun purchase. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This companion to The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster (Tiger Tales, 2009) stars an aging big bad wolf. Aching for a vacation, he turns to a compilation of fairy tales and tries to find "a relaxing fairy tale for a change." The wolf barges right into some tales, while in others he creeps in unexpectedly. When Cinderella's fairy godmother dresses him for the ball, he find himself suddenly cast as Sleeping Beauty and receives an unsolicited kiss. At this, he hurls himself into another tale, Jack Skellington-style, and so on, until there is quite a tangle of tales (and more kisses, just for the ew-effect). The illustrations work in perfect tandem with this accessible and fast-paced romp. The beanstalk requires a pivoting of the book, and readers traverse checker-boarded forest paths and troll-patrolled bridges. The palette is bright and balanced, full of lively and textured patterns, stylized elongated fir trees, and rotund, huggable faces. Burtonesque curlicues wind around the pages. Flying objects and myriad small creatures leave little white space for reflection but offer plenty of opportunities for discovering hidden details in this densely illustrated, whirlwind tale. Anyone looking for a lighthearted read with a droll ending that will engage young readers will find it here. Pair it with any fractured fairy tales, while reading it with Mario Ramos's I Am So Handsome (Gecko, 2012) might present a good opportunity to discuss all things wolfish.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Old Big Bad Wolf is tired and wants a more relaxing fairy tale to be in, so he leaves the pigs behind. The results are not good. The players are familiar if their young audience knows the classic tales: Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks. The execution is clunky. The Big Bad Wolf blows off Cinderella's fairy godmother because "Wolves don't wear dresses!" and is revolted by the prince's kiss when he replaces Sleeping Beauty. The Three Bears are entirely pissed off, and they chase the Big Bad Wolf past Rapunzel and over the troll's bridge. All heck breaks loose then, as a princess kisses a Billy Goat Gruff instead of a frog, and Hansel and Gretel push Prince Charming into the oven. The Wolf gives up, goes back to the Three Little Pigs, the end. Williamson's art is made in layered swathes of geometric pattern and color. Figures have huge heads and spindly arms and legs. The Big Bad Wolf himself is constructed with arms, legs and tail on an oversized body, his unusual head a long isosceles triangle set in many different pasted-on angles. Visual interest is heightened in tiny details: Baby Bear wears polka-dot headphones, the Big Bad Wolf himself wears a monocle that mostly tumbles out of his pocket. Children may get a giggle or two but may find the lackluster ending unsatisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589251113
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 369,231
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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