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The Good Little Devil and Other Tales [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Pierre Gripari , Puig Rosado
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Book Description

29 Aug 2013

Absurd fairy tales, very sensibly told

There once was a good little devil did you read that right? Yes you did: not a wicked little devil but a good one, and boy, was he in a fix!

Instead of doing bad things like forgetting his homework and playing tricks on his teachers, this little devil kept trying to be good. He did all his homework  and sometimes enjoyed it! He was never rude and he even encouraged sinners to say sorry. His parents were at their wits' end. So the little devil struck out on his own.

On his quest to learn to be good, our little devil meets all kinds of people, from priests to police and from the Pope in Rome to Little Jesus himself. But will the angels let a little red devil with black horns into Heaven?

In these thirteen tales, clever young people find nifty ways to overcome greedy kings, wicked witches, unlucky spells and even silly names. And there's a big dash of magic to help them on the way!

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782690085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782690085
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A wonderful book. Funny, tender and daft.’ David Almond

‘'ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!' Guardian Children’s Books

'I'd rate this book 1000 out of ten for humour' Guardian Children’s Books

‘Profoundly truthful and deliciously absurd’ TLS

‘A gem… these stories have entertained French children (and their parents) for the past four decades, and I have no doubt that British children will love them too.’ Rebecca Davies, Independent

'Immensely readable…. highly recommended to all parents looking for stories to read aloud to the family, to teachers [and] to young readers with a sense of humour.' Books for Keeps

'A wonderful collection of stories for children... Would easily give five stars… a book to treasure and it will be firmly placed on the keeper shelf.' Bookbabblers

'These stories are wonderfully bizarre; retaining the traditional charm of a fable there is often a strong moral core, devilishly decorated with warmth and humour.' We Love This Book

‘Charmingly eccentric French fairytales are guaranteed to win the hearts of English children and are perfect for those with a wicked sense of humour’ Mumnset

‘A comical and often ludicrous reading experience… Children will love them’ Library Mice

‘Magical and surreal, yet somehow simultaneously thoroughly grounded in ordinary, everyday life, each story is a total treat’ Teach Primary

‘Great fun’ Angels & Urchins

‘Wickedly eccentric… A timeless collection of fun and funky stories for children in every corner of the world…’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘Talking potatoes, giants and shoes in love, witches hiding in cupboards—this book is full of off-beat, silly and enjoyable stories.’ Playing by the Book

About the Author

About the Author

Pierre Gripari, the French-Greek author, dubbed a Martian in exile , was one the most successful writers for children in twentieth-century France and a prolific author for adult and children. The stories in The Good Little Devil and Other Tales are his most famous.

About the Illustrator

Puig Rosado is an award-winning illustrator famous in France and elsewhere in Europe for his children's books, press cartoons and posters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - in both senses 19 Oct 2013
This is a lovely book that mixes the mundane and the fantastic. The witch lives in the broom cupboard and shoes fall in love. Great writing, and I think the stories would also inspire children to write their own.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
4.5 stars

A collection of fairy tales translated from the original French. All of which were written with input from children, friends of the author. Which is sweet, and sometimes works well but occasionally does seem childish and out of style for this type of tale.

But that's an adult talking. I'm sure a seven year old hearing these stories will laugh out loud at the references to a witch's bottom, a pair of shoes in love, and a potato who wants to be a French fry.

The classic roots of well-known fairy tales can be seen too in these stories - wise women married to fools, a mermaid and a human falling in love, quests to find impossible objects. It's a real mixture of traditional folklore and enjoyable additions by cheeky and enthusiastic children.

The illustrations are fun, line drawings of characters that add to the silliness of some of the story elements.

I didn't dislike any story, I found them very enjoyable. And I would read them to my son when he is old enough, I think he'll like them too, and I can see how this would lead on to 'retelling' and embellishing other stories together.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wacky but not interesting 4 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have read 3 of the stories so far to my son. But none of their were particularly captivating.
Slight wacky, somewhat original - yes, but interesting? - not particularly.
I usually enjoy reading to my son, but with the 3 stories I have read so far I was getting bored.
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