Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater - OPTIONAL

Slater, Dashka Dangerously Ever After, illustrated by Valeria DoCampo.   Dial (Penguin), 2012.  $17.  Content: G.  PICTURE BOOK.  

Princess Amanita prides herself on having very dangerous things – especially the plants in her garden.  When she meets Prince Florian, however, she asks him for the seeds from his roses, which instead grow to become “noses”, which cause a big mess.  I have to say, I think the illustrations outclass the story in this book, though the story is just fine.  I love that neither author nor illustrator resorted to a heroine draped in black, cobwebs nor spiders in order to convey her nerve and unconventionality.  I think this is a very charming addition to many collections – and not really for Halloween at all.  

EL – OPTIONAL.   Cindy, Library Teacher

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