Beware — these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart! Maisy creator Lucy Cousins shifts gears to retell her favorites with vivid, rousing illustrations.
Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork. In this bold, funny, and unflinching collection, the beloved author-illustrator retains all the emotion and humor of the original fairy tales: the heroes are courageous, the villains are horrible, and the children are tasty. With her sly, simple language and vibrant illustrations, even the scariest fiends become the stuff of shared hilarity and shivery thrills.
Short but briskly savage versions of several classic tales… offers younger children an eye-opening cross-section of the far-from-innocuous world of folk literature. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Make room on the shelf. A new classic has arrived. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Beloved classics are successfully served by these bold, striking renditions. There’s no sugarcoating here. —School Library Journal (starred review)
A glance at wolf on the book’s jacket, sharp claws and teeth at the ready, will reassure readers that this is no pastel, bowdlerized version of folklore. Yes, a hunter chops off the head of Red Riding Hood’s wolf, but the deed is so matter-of-fact in the telling and so bloodless and cartoon-like in the illustration that children are unlikely to flinch when justice is done. —Booklist (starred review)
Featured/recommended on Oprah’s 2012 Kids Reading List —Oprah.com