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Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty has to be woken with a kiss, except Prince Charming. Every time the fairies watching over her try to tell him, he interrupts with his ideas of how to wake her. Eventually he gets the message, and his reaction is priceless: One hundred years of morning breath Wow! That could be the kiss of death!?

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Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty has to be woken with a kiss, except Prince Charming. Every time the fairies watching over her try to tell him, he interrupts with his ideas of how to wake her. Eventually he gets the message, and his reaction is priceless: One hundred years of morning breath Wow! That could be the kiss of death!?

With just as much interactive fun as Falling for Rapunzel (an IRA Notable Book and the winner of Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award), this fractured fairy tale will elicit laughter that no one will be able to sleep through.

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The creators of Falling for Rapunzeloffer another creatively warped version of a familiar tale, again pairing chipper rhymed couplets with dynamic mixed-media art. In search of dragons to slay, Prince Charming believes he has found his prey when he hears a "dreadful sound" coming from a castle-but it is only the snoring of Sleeping Beauty. The three tiny fairies who surround her bed try their best to tell the prince how to wrench the maiden from her slumbers, but each time the rhyming fairies are about to pronounce the word "kiss," he interrupts them with another futile stab at waking Beauty (he tries jumping on the bed, pouring water on her head and shooting her out of a cannon, after which he fishes her from the moat). Featuring textured, patterned fabrics and robust rosy hues, Monks's illustrations incorporate funny flourishes, among them spiders spinning webs and mice cavorting by Beauty's bedside. A surprise ending will leave readers thoroughly roused. Ages 3-up. (Jan.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.

In this hilarious rhymed couplet variation on the Sleeping Beauty story, Prince Charming hears a "dreadful sound" as he rides by a nearby castle. He finds that it comes from a snoring girl, watched over by three fairies, who try to tell him how to wake her. But each time he interrupts them before they can finish the rhyme with "kiss," and he tries something else even more ridiculous, from jumping up on the bed to shooting her from a cannon. When they finally get to the "kiss," she reacts by knocking him out before the final happy ending. Monks incorporates flowery snippets of fabric and colored papers to illustrate a rather silly looking prince and a cute but snoring princess. Paints add bits of scenery like the drapes, backgrounds, and the fairies. The non-detailed, cartoony characters are full of life; green vines with red roses grow onto the castle walls and all over the endpapers, where little mice, birds and bugs roam. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

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K-Gr 4- The creators of the comical Falling for Rapunzel (Putnam, 2003) present an equally funny spoof of "Sleeping Beauty." Prince Charming is out searching for beasts to slay when he hears a loud and strange sound emanating from a castle. Sure that a dragon lurks within, he climbs through a window, only to discover a snoring princess. Three fluttering fairies inform him that she will awaken only for a prince and tell him to "give the girl a little lip." The clueless hero responds by hollering, "WAKE UP, LAZYBONES!" As Beauty sleeps on, he does more silly things like jumping on the bed and shooting her out of a cannon, before the exasperated fairies exclaim, "How can you be so unromantic?...wake her with a/KISS!" The prince responds, "One hundred years of morning breath./Wow! That could be the kiss of death!" Filled with puns and lively wordplay, the rhyming plays off traditional plot elements, and readers familiar with the original will enjoy making comparisons. Colorful, waggish illustrations, done in acrylic paint and collage, enhance the amusing story. Angular faces have exaggerated features: Beauty's lips form a heart shape and the prince's eyes-large circles with tiny dots-manage to be very expressive. The flashy cover will beckon children in, and the fun-filled story will appeal to girls as well as boys (especially those who, like the prince, are still in the "girls are yucky" stage).-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246159
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Surrey, England, Lydia Monks currently resides in London with her two cats.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Hilarious!

    Girls are complicated enough, but is there hope if even all boys need to do is follow simple instructions, but still won't get it right? Well, at least there will be lots of laughs along the way. Waking Beauty takes a whole new take on the old fairy tale that has been told countless times - but his one, even boys surely will enjoy.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    Review title: What Prince Charming Learned When He Listened. *Cu

    Review title: What Prince Charming Learned When He Listened.
    *Cute & comical. *Good fairy tale for entertaining reading at bedtime or read aloud time. **Seems more for little princesses instead of little princes. **Great for encouraging listening when someone is trying to tell you something instead of trying to guess what the person wants to say to you.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    love love love this book Leah Wilcox is a beautiful woman

    great rhyming...as the mother of 3 boys I could see the princes in all of them

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