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Sleeping Beauty: Les Petits Fairytales
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Sleeping Beauty: Les Petits Fairytales

by Trixie Belle, Melissa Caruso-Scott, Oliver Lake (Illustrator)

Discover the magic of Sleeping Beauty in this petite edition of the classic fairy tale, created especially for little readers with just a handful of words and bright, enchanting illustrations.


Discover the magic of Sleeping Beauty in this petite edition of the classic fairy tale, created especially for little readers with just a handful of words and bright, enchanting illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Les Petits Fairytales series expands with this ultra-terse version of Sleeping Beauty. No magic curses in this retelling: “Fairies” deliver “Magic Gifts” when the “Princess” is born, and years later the “Spinning Wheel” works its magic, leading to “Bed” and “Sleep.” After “100 Years,” though, a “Kiss” from a “Prince” leads to “Joy” and a “Party.” Like the other books in the series, it’s an economical blend of crisp artwork and bare-bones storytelling. Simultaneously available: The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, and Beauty and the Beast. Ages 1–3. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS—These adaptations of popular fairy tales fail in both execution and accessibility. In a series of spreads containing one word each, the titles unsuccessfully attempt to distill the stories down to their sanitized essences. However, with such simplified text, all real meaning is lost. Beauty, for example, reads: "Girl/Books/Father/Rose Garden/Beast/Palace/Horse/Journey/Treats/Kindness/Library/Friend/MagicMirror/Visit/Dream/Hug/Love/Prince/Marriage." The primarily Caucasian characters are delineated with geometric shapes, while the scenery is blocky and flat. The colors are bold and bright, and the covers are glittery. While they will likely find an audience with princess-crazy toddlers, readers will be lost once the books are opened. Pass on these poorly conceived adaptations and pick up Karen Katz's "Princess Baby" (Random) board books instead.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A toddler-sized version of the classic fairy tale. With one or two words per page, this board book presents the barest bones of the princess' story. Characters are labeled and plot points shared in brightly colored scenes. While the princess does celebrate a birthday and prick her finger on a spindle, it will seem to most toddler readers that not much happens. She takes a long nap, the prince comes and wakes her up, and everyone at the palace has a party. Three others in the series publish simultaneously and follow a similar format. Rapunzel has also had the scary bits removed, and it looks like the heroine simply gets a haircut and then takes a walk in the woods before meeting her prince. In Beauty and the Beast, the book-loving young girl befriends a purple-horned lion, a fellow bibliophile, who turns into a prince with purple hair. In The Little Mermaid, the mermaid enjoys an adventure with legs on dry land with a friendly prince. The ending is vague here, but it would appear as if the heroine returns home to her family with scales intact. This quartet, which follows the previously published Snow White and Cinderella (2012), features stylized cartoons of characters with oversized heads against brightly colored backgrounds. The cover of each offering includes tactile glitter embellishments. Toddlers familiar with the Disney movies or with obliging parents who can help them connect the dots may get something out of these summarized versions, but, like Sleeping Beauty's fairies, the plots are going to fly right over the heads of most board-book readers. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
Les Petits Fairytales Series
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Trixie Belle lives with her princely husband and their three little nymph children in an enchanted cottage in Western Massachusetts, where she spins her tales.

Melissa Caruso-Scott resides with her inventive husband and their two mini-maestros in Brooklyn, where she promotes kindie music through Super Sonic Kids.

Oliver Lake likes creating art that appeals to both children and adults. He exhibits at art galleries and sells prints of his work online.

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