Monday, May 12, 2014

Fractured fairytales it is.....

Hi everyone.  I hope your weekend was splendid and I am happy you are visiting Storywraps today.  You are very welcome here.  I am going to start off by giving you the first line of a children's book and you can see if you know the both the title of the book and the author.  I will give you the answer tomorrow.

"It was almost December and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought."

We are going to be discussing fractured fairytales this week.  I have chosen a variety of book about The Three Little Pigs to show to you.  What is a fractured fairytale anyhow?

It is a fairytale designed to be humorous by changing the story in an unexpected way; altering characters, or adding a modern language and events.

Here is featured book number one to enjoy:

Title:  Huff and Puff - Can You Blow Down the Houses of the three Little Pigs?

Author and illustrator:  Claudia Reuda

Ages:  1-3

Take a peek inside:

My take on the story:

This darling, interactive book is just the thing to get young readers involved with the telling of the story.  First page simply states, "First pig building a house."  Short, simple, sweet.  He enters his new abode and the text says , "One wolf huffing and puffing," but where oh where is that big bad wolf? No where to be found visually to the reader.  The reader then is invited to huff and puff through a cut out hole instead of the wolf and see what happens.  The next page shows the result of those magnanimous huffs.  The same procedure is repeated with pig number two and you can guess what happens with pig's number three house...solid brick walls? .... the puny puffs just blow on through.  What's the point then?  You and your little one will giggle when you discover why you're huffing and puffing into the brick house.  Kids will get a kick out of the fact that they get to participate in such a celebratory blow.  This surely will bring on a huge smile and perhaps a cheer from your little one, not to mention vigorous clapping of hands as they find out what's up.

The illustrations are black pen lines and pale watercolours.  Both the illustrations and the text add a new fractured fairytale twist to the story that will have your child asking to play with the book again and again.  I highly recommend this book.

About the author/illustrator:

Claudia Rueda' is a full time picture book author author . Her books have been published throught North America, Europe and Asia. Her work was selected twice for the NYC Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show and she received the Oppenheim Platinum Award and the Billie Levy Research Grant in Children's Literature from the University of Connecticut. You can visit her at

Book review rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!   Hope your day is perfect.

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