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Mixed Up Fairy Tales [Spiral-bound]

Hilary Robinson , Nick Sharratt
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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15 Sep 2005
This fantastic split page book allows the reader to mix and match different combinations of fairy tales with hilarious results. What would happen if Goldilocks had two horrid stepsisters and fell asleep for a hundred years? Would she be woken by a hungry wolf or Little Red Riding Hood's Granny?

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Spi edition (15 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340875585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340875582
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 25.4 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For Email Jesus @ Bethlehem: 'Lively without being irreverent.' - The Bookseller, 'A thoughtful and heartfelt survey.' - TES, 'Just what the modern child should have' - Marianne Adey, Co-Ordinator Children's Book Award (.)

'Youngsters who know their fairy tales should have great fun mixing and matching them.' (The Children's Bookseller)

'For very small children, no amount of visionary artwork can compete with the fun of lifting flaps. My son, aged three and a half, loved Hilary Robinson and Nick Sharratt's Mixed Up Fairy Tales'. (Stephanie Merritt - observer)

Classic fairy stories have been re-told often but none so entertaining and unusual as Mixed Up Fairy Tales. Author Hilary Robinson and illustrator Nick Sharratt have created a classic fairy story book, but with an ingenious and captivating twist. Anyone, young or old, with an ounce of imagination and partial to fairy tales will love this book.



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This hilarious flap book allows you to mix and match fairy tales and create your own sensible or silly stories! Great fun!

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161 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great idea and beautifully done. Buy! 4 Mar 2005
This book is very cleverly done. It's so clever it seems terrifically simple. There are a dozen fairy tales, all of which you'd expect a four year old to be familiar with, stripped down to a single longish sentence of four components which can then be mixed an matched in the time-honoured way that's often used to create mixed up animals. For example: the Ugly duckling.. is scratched by a spinning wheel, then falls asleep in baby bears bed after eating... Red Riding Hood's granny. The children love it because they're meddling with and subverting stories they know and it is great fun for the parent too. Also, as the words are fairly simple, a beginning reader can do it themselves and is inspired to keep on doing it. As you'd expect from Nick Sharratt, the illustrations are straightforward and appealing. You just can't go wrong! If you like this, look out too for 'You Choose' which is another great Sharrat classic which is also an inspiring fun book for this age group.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 26 July 2006
A fantastic book that takes well know fairy tales and allows you to mix them up. It has kept my kids, (a boy aged 5 and a girl aged 9) amused for hours - not to mention their parents. It is an excellent book for encouraging beginner or reluctant readers as it allows them to choose what they want to read, and then delivers it in short phases, with good picture clues. An example.. Jack...grew and grew to the size of a house...and dreamt about marrying...Little Red Riding Hood's Granny. I will be buying a stack of these books as they will make excellent birthday presents!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for making my kids laugh 9 Jun 2009
As someone else has said, the concept is simple. Take a few fairy tales summarised in a sentence, with four parts, on a single sheet of paper where each part of the sentence can be turned as a separate page.

Turning over a varying number of pages for each sentence part results in wonderfully silly sentences that my kids have enjoyed since they were 4 and 2, and still do at nearly 7 and 5.

An example to give you the idea is "Cinderella grew and grew to the size of a house and dreamt about marrying a bowl of soup".

This book and You Choose! have given us hours of fun. They are well worth the money!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift 23 May 2008
I can't think of a more wonderful gift for any child. This book has everything - from lovely illustrations to a link to familiar fairytales, great opportunity for humour, creativity .... what more could one want? My daughter has entertained herself and the whole rest of the family endlessly with this book and it's such a pleasure as a parent, too, to be able to sit down and have some fun with fairy tales from a slightly different perspective.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at how much fun they have 9 Nov 2009
When I received this book, I thought it was perhaps a little too basic, and like many presents it was put aside for a while. However, when my 4 year old daughter and 7 year old son picked it up recently, they were in hysterics for ages. The pictures are bold and colourful and they love the fact that you can create so many differnt sentences. It is very basic humour, but to hear them laugh like that is great. They shut their eyes, turn over some of the pages and then see what they have created. I think it will help their reading as well - with the large print and few words. It is not a masterpiece, but it is fun.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of the hype! 8 Jan 2010
By L. Pike
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 4 year old son with the remainder of his christmas money, due to the rave reviews, and also because we're a very "bookie" family. We have a huge collection comprising lots of modern day children's classics; Julia Donaldson, Lauren Child, Nick Sharratt, Andy Stanton, Cressida Cowell, Oliver Jeffers etc.

However, on receiving this book, I was immdediately disappointed with the quality; a hardcover, spiralbound, as mentioned on the description, but the paper inside is very flimsy, and with all of the thin horizontal strips on every page (that enable the reader to mix up the stories) and I can see this wearing out and ripping very quickly, despite having 2 children who take great care with their books. Also, the illustrations aren't as vibrant or great as I'd hoped, and for me (and most importantly, my son) it just isn't that funny. There are a couple of obscure stories in there too, that I don't even know, so I doubt my kids will!

Sorry to be such a killyjoy, and maybe it'll grow on us in time, but I certainly don't view it as worthy of "classic" status - in our family anyway. Thumbs down from us, I'm afraid....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for everyone 14 Jan 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
A bit of light hearted fun involving traditional fairy tales - my 6 year old loves this and so do I
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Nov 2009
We are loving this book! A bit to complicated for our 2.5 yr old but the 4.5 and 6.5 year olds love it. My 4 year old is old enough to know the real version of the story and the 6yr old can read it herself and so chages every variation!!
Great fun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Seemed a good idea to buy, but am not sure if a 4 year old wouldn't prefer a traditional selection of fairy tales. Format too young for an older child.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Overton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by wendy shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun and creative!
Published 1 month ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun interactive book for age 4+
Great fun book, kids have to know the stories quite well to get the best out of it so would probably suit school age children best. Large clear text for early readers too.
Published 2 months ago by Lorelei Lamont
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun book?
I purchased this for my 3 year-old granddaughter as my daughter requested. In my opinion it should be for children who really know the fairy tales before muddling them up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy snapper
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
purchased as a birthday present for a six year old friend - her mum thought the book is great and all her children love it.
Published 3 months ago by G. Plaice
5.0 out of 5 stars Childs Christmas Gift
This rating if to prove how much my grandson thought of this book as a Christmas Gift.
He loved it! Many Thanks
Published 5 months ago by Carolann Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
My 6yo son loves this. He had a mixed up people book as a toddler (similar to the misfit games you can get), and had asked for another one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Up Tales
I bought this book for my 5 year old grand daughter and she loves it. Has had great fun mixing up all the traditional fairy tales, Would highly recommend it, An excellent gift... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ruth sheard
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable, entertaining book!
This is actually going to be a Christmas gift for one of my children, when I can decide who the recipient is - because I think they would all enjoy it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. G. M. Glover
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