The Fairy Tale Handbook

The Fairy Tale Handbook

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Overview

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

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

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