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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?


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"Beware of the Storybook Wolves" was a Bronze Smarties Award winner as well as being shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2000, which she won in 2001 with "I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato". She was also awarded the Greenaway Medal in 2001 for "Clarice Bean That's Me". Lauren Child has also written "I Want A Pet", "My Uncle is a Hunkle" and "My Dream Bed."

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Lauren Child attended art schools in both Manchester and London. She is now a children's writer and illustrator, an artist's assistant and also works for a design consultancy. Lauren was awarded the Greenaway Medal in 2001 for 'I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato'. She was also shortlisted for the award with 'Beware of the Storybook Wolves', which also won the Bronze Smarties Award.


Child's (the Clarice Bean books) madcap m?lange of recast scenarios features a boy who falls asleep on a page of his fairytale book. He awakens to find himself in a strange bed, being chastised by a girl who shrieks, "How dare you be on this page? I am the star and I say you are not allowed in this story!" and identifies herself as Goldilocks. Scooting downstairs, Herb runs "slap, bang, wallop!" into three bears, one of whom offers him porridge. Again the girl yells: "In case you pea brains have forgotten, this story is called `Goldilocks and the three bears' not `the little show-off in pajamas has breakfast.' " Soon, more comic twists emerge: a double foldout reveals a palace ball scene in which the queen sports a mustache (courtesy of Herb's earlier embellishments to his fairytale book; "So you're the doodler who ruined my looks," the queen quips) and both the throne and Prince Charming are missing (Herb has snipped them out with scissors). Though the narrative bogs down a bit with explanations of the boy's negligent treatment of his book, the slapstick comedy runs high. Back in his bedroom, Herb tries to repair the damage, yet he exacts sweet revenge on grouchy Goldilocks, drawing a padlock on the three bears' door to leave her forever stranded outdoors. Set into Child's droll, mixed-media collage art, the snappy text careens playfully across the spreads. A pleasantly warped, kid-pleasing romp. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Books are at the mercy of their owners, but careless Herb, who has defaced his fairytale collection with scissors and pencil, finds the traditional characters taking revenge... a more robust tale than last year's Kate Greenaway medal winner. -- TES TEACHER 20020510 Lauren Child returns to the endlessly malleable world of fairy tale characters. Her spiky style and confident handling of the source material creates a book which is more of a literary event than a quiet read. ... fabulous mix of collage, line drawings, photography and wacky typography -- Lindsay Fraser, Glasgow Sunday Herald 20020510 Herb is back and has fallen into a storybook. A thrilling story to scare your socks off, and another sharp look at the fine line between stories and the real world. -- Children's Buyers Guide - Autumn Books 20020510 Very, very funny and definitely not to be missed! -- Bfk 20030101 wonderfully imaginative ... Absorbing and with fantastical, zany pictures -- The Observer 20021201

Gr 1-3-When Herb falls asleep with his head on top of a dusty book of fairy tales, he finds himself stuck inside the volume with no quick way out. Chased by a raging Goldilocks, who is upset that he landed in her story, the boy journeys through a parade of fairy tales and finally gets caught in the middle of "Cinderella." All of his past mishandling of the book comes back to haunt him-Cinderella's kitchen is sticky with cookie crumbs, the Queen does not appreciate the mustache Herb has drawn on her face, and Prince Charming has been missing since he was cut out of the book and used as a birthday-card decoration. Child's wildly expressive collages include boldly patterned backgrounds, cartoon characters, and photographs in unexpected places. The text (and font) grows and shrinks and winds jaggedly through the story, and turns upside down on several pages. This fast-paced creative tale has some really funny moments. However, children may find it a bit frenetic. While Child's "Clarice Bean" titles (Candlewick) are grounded by that strong, familiar central character, here the disparate elements of the story sometimes feel as if they are literally flying off the edges of the pages.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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