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Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads.

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PreS-Gr 2-In this vibrant retelling of the Grimms' The Three Wishes, brilliantly designed paper collages capture every trace of humor in this cautionary tale. In Souhami's version, a woodcutter rescues an elf from a rosebush and is granted three wishes with the accompanying warning, "Be careful what you wish for." Of course, the woodcutter asks for sausages. His wife responds with an angry reply that leaves the sausages stuck on his nose, and, of course, the last wish must be used to remove them. The story begs to be read aloud or told-the language is rich with sound effects ("WH...OOO...SH, out from the chimney shot a string of sizzling, succulent sausages!") and the book's design extends the comic scenes of the couple trying desperately to remove the meat. It's unfortunate that the author felt the need to include the original caution instead of letting children enjoy the tale as it plays itself out. Still, with Margot Zemach's (Farrar, 1986) and Paul Galdone's (McGraw-Hill, 1961) versions out of print, this bright retelling is just what storytellers and storyhour providers would hope for.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

This boldly illustrated picture-book with its well honed narrative is a vivid and down-to-earth treatment of the traditional cautionary tale about how important it is to mind your language if you've been granted a wish. Books for Keeps Souhami's background in Art and Design shines through on every page, with her skill as a puppeteer and storyteller making this a highly creative project. Young children will love the funny twists in the tale! Excellent for sharing - a bit of a 'banger' in fact! Carousel

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