“ Author: David Conway / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 November 2012 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: The Great Fairy Tale Disaster / ISBN 13: 9780340996430 / ISBN 10: 0340996430 „
I'm sure that virtually everyone knows all of the famous fairy tales: Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs, and so on. What happens though, when one of the characters in these much loved stories decides that he has had enough and therefore wants to swap fairy tales? Is there another story for him and how will all of the other characters react when they find him in their story? It's madness and mayhem which results in a very funny, laugh out loud book.
'''Once Upon a Time there lived an old Big Bad Wolf. He no longer had any huff and puff to blow down the Three Little Pigs' house and he'd had enough of falling into hot water.'''
Well, when it's put like that it's no wonder that the Big Bad Wolf decides that he has had enough of his own particular fairy tale. He decides that he needs a nice relaxing one instead and thinks that he would fit in well to ''Cinderella''. However, when a very nervous Cinderella allows him to take her place, he's not too happy to find himself in a dress and glass slippers. It's not good for his macho wolf's image at all. Therefore he decides to try his luck in ''Jack and the Beanstalk''. It's all going well but then he discovers that he is actually afraid of giants. In ''Sleeping Beauty'', he decides that he hates being kissed and the three bears chase him out of their particular fairy tale because they want Goldilocks back instead. Will he ever find a fairy tale to suit him?
It all gets more and more chaotic by the page as all the fairy tales get extremely muddled and this makes it a highly funny read. Both my daughters were laughing out loud the first time that we read the book together and they have continued to laugh every time they have read it since. It's also a wonderful book because it brings in the well known refrains that occur in the various tales that children will love to join in with. One moment they will be chanting:
'Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum!'
and the next, they will be joining in with:
'Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the fairest of all?'
I feel sure that small children will love the way that all of their favourite tales merge into slightly mad new ones.
The layouts on all of the different pages are very appealing too. There are bright, bold illustrations featuring lots of well loved fairy tale characters. The text is also scattered over the pages with different sizes and words in bold for emphasis. The overall effect is very entertaining and adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Overall, this book is so much fun that it is sure to become a firm favourite with young children and also their parents.
This review has previously appeared under my name at www.thebookbag.co.uk