Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.
Jul 5, 2015
Retold by Margaret Lamond, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
Series: Once upon a timeless tale
Little Hare Books [Hardie Grant Egmont]
ISBN: 9781921894916 RRP: $12.95
The modern versions of traditional fairy tales bear passing resemblance to their originals, being softened and sweetened for children’s consumption over time. In this series there is a hint of the gruesome, cautionary stuff that the originals once bore. For example, in this version the little pig of straw and the little pig of sticks fall foul of the wolf’s gustatory intentions for their foolishness. The chronicle of Wolf’s efforts to snare the brick-laying pig is spirited and witty, these final mischievous words summing up Wolf’s fate: And quite nice he tasted, too, though most people wouldn’t think so. Seek out this series when introducing children to their quintessential literature.