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When the king orders a new suit from two mischievous tailors, he gets a magical outfit that no one can see, yet since no one will tell him that he is roaming around naked, one boy feels obliged to let the king know the truth and put an end to the tailors' tricks. Reprint.
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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. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689830505
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