Fairly Fairy Tales
Esme Raji Codell & Elisa Chavarri
Aladdin, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
s sometimes happens with children's picture books, this is an example of one where the art is topnotch but the text is just marginal. It's described as a set of '
fractured fairy tales
', for lack of a better way of classifying it. The author, Esme Raji Codell, offers a minimalist text that focuses on a children's story.
t is assumed you recognize the story from looking at the illustrations of its main characters. Under each illustration is a single word punctuated by a question mark and a response.
or example, the first story spread features a pig building a house of sticks. '
' appears beneath the pig followed by '
' Two more little pigs follow with the corresponding question – '
' and '
' Finally, the last illustration on the page is a solar panel. '
' reads the text. '
lip the page and at the top it reads, '
' Beneath the two words is a full, two page illustration of a scene featuring a lot of pigs engaged in various activities, their house, and what appears to be a solar energy rally. Whatever!
ou get the idea, I think, and this is how the entire book is developed. Though it's supposedly a
game, I'm not sure that's an apt description of what is going on here. A young child may certainly enjoy the vibrant, colorful pictures, but I doubt the book merits being lauded as
or a '
fantastic reading experience at bedtime or anytime
'. Although it is guaranteed to have your child '
laughing out loud
' as he or she pages through it, I think that's wishful thinking as well.
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