Ever wonder what those fairy-tale characters were really thinking? Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich twist fifteen favorite fairy tales into "poem pairs" that feature wildly different voices and unexpected perspectives. The Gingerbread Boy sees the world as "one mouth," while his parents wonder if he'd have been happier as a sugar cookie; the Princess claims those mattresses kept her awake (not a silly pea), while the Pea complains that the Princess snores. Yolen and Dotlich's poems are astonishing and creative, filled with humor and magic, while Matt Mahurin's artwork is stunning and packed with surprises as well. This lavish volume includes end notes, briefly describing the stories and their history, and an introduction, inviting readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and "make a little magic."
What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results. The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake--not a silly pea--while the poor pea complains that the princess snores. One Snow White begs the witch to settle by the bay and throw that mirror away. Another boldly tells the mirror she "won't be guided by a glass that's so one-sided." Grumbles from the Forest is a bewitching brew of voices--grumbling, pleading, bragging, reminiscing, confiding--that bubbles with magic and wonder. The spectacular paintings that tie the poems together are full of surprise and intrigue. This stunning collection includes end notes that briefly describe the tales and their history and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives.