The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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The Tale of Despereaux

released: 2008

rated: G

length: 93 min.

age: 6+

interests: mice, rats, castles, princesses, cooking, updated fairy tales, adventure

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The Tale of Despereaux

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2004

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

by Kate diCamillo

Age: 7+

Interests: mice, castles, princesses, rats, soup, cooking

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Rootabaga Stories

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Rootabaga Stories

by Carl Sandburg

illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham

Age: 5+

Interests: folk tales, history, poetry, language More

The Little Bookroom

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1955

The Little Bookroom

by Eleanor Farjeon

Age: 6 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: short stories, updated fairy tales, satire, magic, romance, princesses and princes, helping others, morality

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The Jolly Christmas Postman

 

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1991

The Jolly Christmas Postman

text by Allan Ahlberg

illustrations by Janet Ahlberg

Little, Brown and Company: 1991

32 pages

Age: 4+

Interests: mail, Christmas, nursery rhymes

Also by these author/illustrators: The Jolly Postman (or Other People’s Letters), The Jolly Pocket Postman, Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill

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The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

by Kenneth Grahame

originally a chapter within the 1898 novel Dream Days; later published on its own

Holiday House: 1938

1966 edition: 55 pp.

Age: 6+ (read to); 8+ (independent reading)

Interests: dragons, knights, revisionist fairy tales, non-violence

Also by this author: The Wind in the Willows

Next: The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

text by Jon Scieszka

illustrations by Lane Smith

New York: Viking Penguin, 1989

28 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: twisted fairy tales, crime and punishment, wolves

Next: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (another weird take on the story); The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (a modern rewrite of a nursery rhyme with lots of crime and violence)

Also by this author and illustrator: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Squids Will Be Squids; Math Curse; Science Verse

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Snow White in New York

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1986

Snow White in New York

Fiona French

Oxford University Press, 1986

32 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: updated fairy tales, New York, 1920s flapper era, art styles, fashion

Next: Ella’s Big Chance (a Cinderella update also set in the 1920s)

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

Jules Feiffer, illustrations

Alfred A. Knopf, 1961

256 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: word play, puns, adventure, nonsense, fantasy, science, math, modern fairy tales, philosophy

Also by this author: The Dot and the Line, The Hello, Goodbye Window, Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, Otter Nonsense

Also by this author & illustrator: The Odious Ogre

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The Book of Dragons

The Book of Dragons

by E. Nesbit

North-South Books, originally published 1900

172 pp, 8 stories

Age: 6+                   independent reading age:  9+

Interests: dragons, fairy tales, adventure, princesses

Also by this author: The Enchanted Castle, Five Children and It, The Railway Children, The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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