Do Clothes Really Make the Man?
King Discombobulated (Bob for short) has his priorities all mixed up. He loves new clothes more than anything in his kingdom. Yet his clothes are so silly that his royal subjects can hardly avoid laughing at their king. One day a pair of smooth-talking tailors shows up in town. They promise to make the king a suit of magical cloth that can only be seen by the pure of heart. The king is thrilled! But when he parades through town wearing nothing but his magic threads, will anyone have the courage to tell the king the naked truth?
Dom DeLuise retells a children's classic with wit and humor, then follows his story with a special surprise -- recipes fit for a king!
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Grade 2-3-In this didactic remake of "The Emperor's New Clothes," sartorially extravagant King Discombobulated-Bob for short-buys into the promises of smooth-talking tailors Wear and Tear Kannive until a peasant lad opens his eyes (and hands him a horse blanket). From an opening sermon on personal priorities to King Bob's closing admission that his values have been all mixed up, DeLuise loses few opportunities to moralize, or to explain the nature of each character and the meaning of each statement. Except that the naked king seems to have lost his private parts, Santoro's Disneyesque cartoons leave little to readers' imagination; each detail and personality is evenly, brightly lit and obvious. In the end, the Kannives are forgiven and set to making clothes for the poor, and readers get the double bonus of a "Priority List" ("Telling the truth"; "Doing your homework") and four simplified royal recipes, including "King Crown Cake." Andersen's original tale is available in several picture book editions; for an updated version, try Stephanie Calmenson's The Principal's New Clothes (Scholastic, 1989).
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Walking a thin line between the witty and the precious, the comedian brings an ebullient, jaunty style to this version of 'The Emperor's New Clothes,' " said PW, but "a heavy hand to his delivery of the tale's moral." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Aladdin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689830505
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