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Title:
Debi Gliori's bedtime stories : bedtime tales with a twist.
Author:
Gliori, Debi.
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Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 2002.
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Little Red Hen -- Nail soup -- The town mouse and the country mouse -- The lion and the mouse -- The tortoise and the hare -- Wolf and rabbit -- There was an old woman who swallowed a fly -- The three little pigs -- One fat cat.
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ISBN:
9780789488619
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Book

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The author of The DK Book of Nursery Rhymes applies her wit and paintbrush to familiar bedtime stories collected in this treasury. Stories include The Little Red Hen, The Lion and the Mouse, and eight other favorites. Full-color illustrations.


Author Notes

Author and illustrator Debi Gliori was born in 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland. She went to school there as well and studied design and illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She received an Andrew Grant traveling scholarship to go to Milan for a year. Gliori is best known for her work with children's books. Her picture book Mr. Bear to the Rescue won the Children's Book Award and was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Prize. Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear? was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001. Always and Forever, written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Debi Gliori, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2003. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Award (for Pure Dead Wicked in 2003), and for the Royal Mail Award, for Stormy Weather in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. These nine familiar folktales are updated with a difference. The Little Red Hen, for example, makes lemon meringue pie. "Town Mouse and Country Mouse," "The Lion and the Mouse," and "The Tortoise and the Hare" are all told in rhyme. Large pages and large type set the stage nicely for Gliori's lively illustrations, which add just the right amount of sauciness: in "Nail Soup," the fox wears a tux; the old woman who swallows a fly wears a spiffy hat and gloves; and Tortoise is shown reading Proust in French. In her introduction, Gliori likens her "twisted" stories to making a nine-course dinner with "the literary equivalent of basil, garlic, coriander, and green chilies." Her point comes clear in the clever ending to "The Three Pigs," in which Wolf tries to blow up the brick house with dynamite but ends up in the pig's cement mixer. Kids will giggle with pleasure when they read these spiced-up tales. --Julie Cummins


Publisher's Weekly Review

Gliori (Penguin Post, Children's Forecasts, Sept. 9) here reworks nine childhood chestnuts, four of them in verse. In her most successful effort, she sharpens the edge of the usually stolidly portrayed Little Red Hen. The plucky heroine possesses the overly bright eyes of a genuine workaholic and a passive-aggressive industriousness that's a perfect foil for the urbane insouciance of her antagonists ("Call me picky," complains the indolent Cat-after eating a breakfast that the hen has prepared-while simultaneously working a crossword puzzle, "but the porridge wasn't exactly up to scrrrratch, was it?"). On the next spread, Pig, Cat and Duck lounge by a pond with an hauteur worthy of habitus of the Cte d'Azur. A verse version of "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" also has some zingy moments, as when the rodents trek from the sticks to the swanky pad of the fashionable citydweller: "The cousins set off/ through cornfields and meadows;/ one in her waders/ the other, stillettoes." But the sense of irony and the characters' self-awareness-essential to the better fractured fairy tales-is missing here, for the most part (save for the clever porcine builder, Porkstone, who blithely watches the wolf huff and puff its way into his cement mixer). Still, when it comes to reassuring or even gently tickling her readers, Gliori has few equals. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A collection of familiar folktales. The three Aesop's fables are retold in forced-sounding verse. For example, "The Tortoise and the Hare" limply concludes, "The Tortoise being winner/against all the odds/proves that victory lies/in the lap of the gods." The prose retellings are bogged down with wordy descriptions and questionable details. The three little pigs are friends, not brothers, and Gliori cynically notes that Porkstone's houses last for centuries, though hardly anyone can afford one. In "Nail Soup," Hen decides to give her soup "a Mediterranean theme" and Fox struggles to decipher instructions written in Serbo-Croat. The book is attractively designed with plenty of white space and colorful, cartoon illustrations framing the text. Gliori has a knack for depicting cuddly animals (rabbits, in particular), but her pop-eyed chickens are unappealing, and the tortoise resembles a caterpillar with a backpack. As in the text, she overloads the illustrations with details, many of which fall flat. In "The Lion and the Mouse," for example, the mouse is first seen scaling the lion's tail with climbing equipment. Gliori has crafted a number of excellent picture books, but this volume offers few reasons to consider purchasing it.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.