87 pages; published July 2012
What happens after the fairy tales? Is it really so easy to know which characters are good and which are bad? Wasn’t Goldilocks really just a brat? Ron Koertge reveals a different take on stories you thought you knew in short, witty, memorable verse.
“Do you want to sleep? Find another storyteller. Do you want to think about the world in a new way” Come closer. Closer, please. I want to whisper in your ear.”
If the first page doesn’t get you, this new way of looking at our most revered fairy tale characters certainly will. Sexy, vengeful Cinderella sends birds to pluck out the eyes of her stepsisters. The mole spews bitter memories of Thumbelina. The former Beast longs for his animal days. Watch out for Hansel and Gretel – who love each other a little too much. And have you ever wondered what it would be like to be swallowed whole by a wolf? Red Riding Hood did and so, okay, now, she’s like ready to tell you all about it and about that weird woodcutter who was all like, “Maybe next time you’d like to see my ax.” Gross!
The stark, cut paper illustrations are amazing. And the stories are hilarious – in a really dark, wrong, hysterical way.