In this unusual picture book, designed to resemble the seven-story apartment building in which it is set, a little girl's sleep is disrupted by her very rowdy neighbors. To her consternation, and to the reader's delight, those neighbors turn out to be characters from six well-known stories-- including Jack of beanstalk fame, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Cinderella. And the seventh? It turns out to be the heroine herself, who has a pea under her mattress.
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Ed Briant's book Paper Parade was named a Publisher's Weekly "Flying Start." He lives with his wife and two daughters in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Kindergarten-Grade 2–It's evening in the city, and a girl is tucked into her bed in a cozy room filled with books and toys. However, her noisy neighbors, who all seem to be fairy-tale characters, keep her awake. At nine o'clock there is a loud clomp from apartment five, followed by a Fee? Fie! Fo. Fumm? Next, a witch in number three shrieks at two children to stay still while she tends the oven. And so it goes until the girl gets up to pick up her books, which are now scattered across the floor. In the clever ending, she recalls something that she learned from a princess and reaches under her mattress to remove the pea that has been keeping her awake. The characters, from tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel, are never named, so children familiar with their stories will delight in identifying them. The mix of reality and fantasy will remind readers of the power of these timeless tales and the fact that these characters live most vividly in children's imaginations. The bright cartoons bring comfort and humor–not fear–into the nighttime setting.–Holly T. Sneeringer, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Book Description Roaring Brook Press, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1596430567
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