on 4 October 2010
I had a copy of this book as a child and can vividly remember my Mum reading me the silly stories and showing me the beautiful illustrations. When I found I was expecting my first child, I began a search for it as I wanted my own children to enjoy Terry Jones' surreal sense of humour and Michael Foreman's haunting illustrations.
Unsurprisingly, Terry Jones' style is a real departure from the usual cliché fairy tale, with inventive and unusual characters such as 'Princess Fishy' and the 'Fly-by-night'. Although most of the stories have a moral at the centre it is neither preachy nor judgemental. I now read these stories to my new-born, who I'm sure will grow up to love them just as much as I did.
This hard back edition which combines Jones' Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories is excellent value and worth every penny.
on 3 August 2009
I have enjoyed these stories, and so have the many, many classes of primary school children I have read them to over the last dozen or so years.
Many have messages about life that we could all learn from, and all are entertaining and can fill a whole lesson or be squeezed into 10-15 minute slots.
Beautiful illustrations too.