July 10, 2012
July 10, 2012
Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.
Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy's clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it's like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine's cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer
? he wants to whisper in your ear.
Transforming rather ho-hum fairy tales into a wicked free verse that drives them far past their usual pleasant and socially acceptable 21st-century format, Ron Koertge shares a world where Little Red Riding Hood is actually very curious about the wolf and the Little Match Girl desperately sells CDs on the corner. Included in the 23 stories are "The Princess and the Pea," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella," of course. The Princess is so sensitive that her skin was scarred by a puppy's tongue, Rapunzel misses the witch who cursed her, and stepsisters go blind. Dark, humorous, and violent, these stories thrill. With stunning cut-paper silhouette illustrations.
- Online Item #: 13914316
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-78-6179
- ISBN: 9780763644062
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported