Renovated Fairy Tales: as told by the Boy Who Drew Flies

Renovated Fairy Tales: as told by the Boy Who Drew Flies


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ISBN-13: 9781463773984
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Albert Lorenz, an award winning illustrator/author, has published over ten books.
Some of his best known titles are Metropolis Ten Cities Ten Centuries, 1996; House, 1998; Buried Blueprints - Maps and Sketches of Lost Worlds, 1999; Jack and the Beanstalk, 2004; A Journey to Cahokia, 2005; The Trojan Horse, 2007; and The Exceptionally Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School, 2010; all published by Harry N. Abrams.
Now in collaboration with his wife, Maureen Lorenz, he has embarked on a humorous and eccentric retelling of some of the best-known children's fairy tales. His take on these stories is both atypical and amusing.

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Homeschoolbookreview on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Is anyone old enough to remember the ¿Fractured Fairy Tales¿ told by Edward Everett Horton on the old Rocky and Bullwinkle animated television show? Well, get ready for some ¿Renovated Fairy Tales.¿ Albert is a small boy who lives in a small town. His parents read him fairy tales every night before he goes to bed, but he always wants to change them and make them silly so people will get a good laugh. Also, he likes to draw. After floating up on balloons to draw the top of his house, taking apart the grandfather clock to draw the inner workings, and filling his room with garbage to attract flies for him to draw¿and being told each time never, never do that again, Albert grows up, has a family, and tells his children his own silly versions of fairy tales. For example, the three little pigs emigrate from Europe to Dodge City, KS, in the days of the Wild West to build their houses, and are pursued by the Wolf Brothers Gang. Chicken Little and his friends live in Ninnyville, which was a nice, quiet town until a superhighway is built right through the middle of it. In fact, it¿s a piece of blue plastic blown up by a huge sixteen wheeler which convinces Chicken Little to go to the White House and tell the President that the sky is falling. Rapunzel and her sister Gwenda live in a very tall apartment building in Seattle, WA, and when the elevator breaks Gwenda must use Rapunzel¿s long hair, which reached all the way to the ground, to get in and out of their twentieth-story apartment. But all that climbing, pulling, and tugging only stimulates Rapunzel¿s hair growth at an alarming rate! What will the sisters do? I don¿t know if real-life co-author Albert Lorenz, who has written and illustrated several other children¿s books including The Exceptionally Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School, is the inspiration for the little boy who drew flies or not (I might guess that he is), but he and co-author Maureen Lorenz, his wife and agent, have certainly provided a collection of some old and familiar stories retold with a quirky imagination and comic attitude. Born and raised in New York City, Lorenz received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in 1965 and his Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University in 1969. After working for several years in the architectural field, he formed his own illustration studio in 1971. Also, he retired from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after thirty years as professor of media and communications with the commendation of Institute Distinguished Professor. Anyone with a funny bone, especially an eccentric one, will find it tickled by Renovated Fairy Tales. A sequel is planned that includes the stories of Rumpelstiltzkin, The Pied Piper, Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel.