Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann - ADVISABLE

Klostermann, Penny Parker  A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, illustrated by Ben Mantle.  PICTURE BOOK Random House, 2017. $18. 9781101932322

William lives in the land of fairy tales, but he is more interested in cooking than in princesses and kingdoms.  He dreams of becoming a chef, but finds difficulty in serving the characters from the fairy tales, such as the picky three bears.  One day a food truck drops a box of food on the side of the road from the Fairy-Tale headquarters and William decides he's going to improve the foods used in different fairy tales.  He bakes Snow White's poisoned apple into a fabulous desert, cooks Cinderella's pumpkin into a pie and makes bean soup out of Jack in the Beanstock's beans.  Everything eventually happens as it should, but William's cooking is appreciated across the kingdom.

This is an adorable spin on the fairy tales.  William's love of cooking mixed with the quirky fairy tale characters makes for a fun read.  Kids will recognize most of the fairy tales and have fun finding the way the stories have changed.  The illustrations are bright and attractive with cute facial expressions.

EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

1 comment:

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

Thanks for your wonderful review!