Reviews for Snoring Beauty
Booklist Reviews 2008 May #2
As in Mary Osborne's Sleeping Bobby (2005), this raucous offering twists "Sleeping Beauty" into something gleefully new. A green frog, in feathered hat and cape, narrates the tale in casual language that is filled with kid-appealing, gross-out silliness, which begins with the names of the royal family: King Gluteus, Queen Esophagus, and their beautiful baby girl, Princess Margarine. The slapstick continues when a hard-of-hearing fairy issues a series of prophesies: the princess will be transformed into a sleeping dragon, and only a quince (not a prince) can awaken her. Enlivened with puns and sound effects, the text will read easily to a crowd. More laughs will come from the full-page pencil-and-watercolor pictures, which show a motley crew of fairies (the tooth fairy is particularly distinctive in pink wings, tattoos, and a five-o'clock shadow) and then the princess as a scaly, pink dragon, whose castle-rattling snores are spelled out in bright purple capital letters. Lively fun that closes with a fractured but still happily fairy-tale ending. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 April #1
In this send-up of a familiar tale, a hard-of-hearing fairy manages to modify the crib-side curse so that instead of dying under the wheels of a pie wagon, the princess will turn into a sleeping dragon, who can only be awakened by a quince. Up grows the princess, so perfect thanks to her other fairy gifts that she has no friends, and when the curse finally strikes, she is transformed into a huge, snoring dragon--with red lips and nails, in Fine's typically boisterous illustrations. Nor can any wake her, until the arrival of dapper Prince Quince, whose kiss reverses the curse . . . with, that is, one important exception that only becomes apparent on their wedding night. Nonetheless, thanks to a pair of earplugs "they lived happily--and noisily--ever after." Hale gives the story a frog narrator, a cast with silly names and the lightly applied message that nobody's quite perfect. Set this next to the similarly themed likes of Jane Yolen's Sleeping Ugly (1981) or Margie Palatini's Three Silly Billies (2005). (Picture book. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 November/December
Bruce Hale and Howard Fine have combined their talents to produce a wonderful spoof of Sleeping Beauty. As in the original tale, a fairy is not invited to the baby?s christening, and in this tale the baby is cursed to be run over by a pie wagon and die. Another fairy tempers the curse and the baby?s fate is to become a sleeping dragon until awakened by a quince. The princess falls asleep on her 16th birthday after her foot is run over by a pie wagon. She turns into a colorful dragon that snores very loudly. King Gluteus promises half his kingdom and his daughter?s hand in marriage to anyone who can break the curse. Many try and fail, until at last she is kissed by Prince Quince. They are married but the princess continues to snore. This fun read declares that they live happily if nosily ever after. Younger students will enjoy the pictures and older students will catch some of the word play. The illustrations blend fantasy and the middle ages perfectly to complement and enhance this wonderful adaptation. Treat yourself by reading this book aloud. Recommended. Dr. Audrey Irene Daigneault, Library Media Specialist, Pleasant Valley Elementary School Groton, Connecticut ¬ 2008 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2008 June
Gr 2-5-- Princess Marge, daughter of King Gluteus and Queen Esophagus, who is nearly doomed by an irate fairy to homicide by a pie wagon, has the harsh sentence modified by another ("half-deaf") fairy, Tintinnitus. The princess will become a sleeping dragon and will "one day" be awakened by "a quince." Although all pies (and pie wagons) are banned by the king, the "kind and beautiful, sweet and clever" princess has her foot run over by a suspicious but unrecognized pie wagon on her 16th birthday and becomes a loudly snoring dragon. You know the rest! Hale's sassy, tongue-in-cheek tale may sound like just another silly "Sleeping Beauty" rewrite. However, enriched by Fine's large, double-page watercolor paintings with their whimsical human visages, distinctive fairies, and frog courtiers; the inimitable sleeping dragon princess; a repetitive refrain ("Yada, yada, hippity-hop"); and those cacophonous snores, this fantastic story is a delightful treat that begs to be read aloud.--Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH [Page 124]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.