Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten WhiteOnce upon a time, a girl skipped into the forest and became a zombie.
Wait, no, thats not how this story is supposed to go. Lets try again.
Once upon a time, a boy did a horrible job as a sheep-sitter and burned his tongue on stolen pie.
No, children in these stories are always good and virtuous. From the top.
Once upon a time, a king and queen tried to find a princess for their son to marry, and he wound up fleeing from a group of very hairy vampires.
What about, once upon a time, a bunch of fairy tales got twisted around to be completely hilarious, a tiny bit icky, and delightfully spooky scarytales... in other words, exactly what fairy tales were meant to be. Grab some flaming torches, maybe dont accept that bowl of pease porridge, and get ready for a wickedly fun ride with acclaimed author Kiersten White and fairy tales like youve never heard them before.
Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales Booktalk
Here, Little Red becomes a zombie, ferociously gobbles up the brain of the wolf, and then bites the smarmy woodsman who foolishly believes he could save her; Cinderella is fire obsessed but luckily hits it off with Prince Charring, and they joyfully kiss while the castle burns nearby; until other characters figure out the difference between a pea and pee, best to stay away from porridge or mattresses stacked up in giant piles because. Accessible storytelling combines with familiar motifs in stories that often rely on puns, delighting readers who appreciate wordplay. Spot illustrations tap into the snarky humor and darker take on the stories that are so effectively balanced here. Plan for uproarious amusement when using this as a readaloud, or add this to a list of books where you can almost guarantee that even a reluctant reader will find something in here to thoroughly enjoy. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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Who doesn't love a catty narrator who knows everything and drops hints for the readers along the way? Kiersten White takes mid-grade readers on a romp through some of our best loved fairy tales twisting the stories so that they are darker, gloomier, and scarier and much, much more fun. Rapunzel with her locks of hair "locked" in a tower awaits her prince. The bumbling prince manages to scale the side of the castle tower and meets a glowering Rapunzel who points out the obvious--there is a door! The wood represents everything magical, scary, strange, weird, and possible. The narrator teases the readers, "No? But nothing good ever happens there!