The Collection Hardcover – 23 Sep 1999
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Hilarious short stories that will have you laughing out loud. (Primary Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A collection of humorous tales from the ORCHARD SUPER CRUNCHIES series, featuring reworkings of traditional fairy stories with a new twist. Illustrated with colour artwork by Arthur Robins.See all Product Description
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I'm very pleased to be able to report that this book has quickly become a firm favourite of theirs. The writing is witty and the increasingly surreal alternative fairy tales have been very cleverly put together indeed. There are also a lot of rhymes included, meaning that the words flow very well. Let's have a quick look at each story in turn, shall we?
1. Billy Beast - A very clever retelling of 'Beauty and The Beast'. I wonder which came first, this story or 'Shrek'?
2. Shampoozel - A sort of cross between 'Rapunzel' and the life story of Vidal Sassoon. The hairdressing puns come thick and fast in this one.
3. The Rather Small Turnip - I'm not sure which fairy tale this is based on. All I can say is, my two little friends do not regard it all that highly. Mind you, that is less to do with the story than the fact that Arthur Robins' mouse is just too darn cute and what happens to him is just too darn unfair!
4. Cinderboy - The tale of a football-loving Cinderella, who dreams of a trip to the 'football'.
5. Rumply Crumply Stinky Pin - Clearly, we have the evasive and highly devious Mr Rumpelstiltskin to thank for providing the inspiration for this one. Now, this seems to be the part of the collection where things take a far more surreal turn - and the stories are, in my opinion, all the more entertaining because of that. Vests made from spaghetti?Read more ›
So I now buy this set as wonderful presents for pre school and early school children - boys and girls alike. They are the fairy tales we all grew up with, but with a different spin and unlike the Roald Dahl fairytales with a twist these are funny (as to be fair are his) but with a less "sinister" angle. These all end with a happy ending - and invariably children chatting about the story...
And even the grown up reader won't find these too tedious.... darn sight better than the endless Charlie and Lola and the like that I also endured...
saves shelf space. My son loves any of the silly stories or rhyme
books. Your child will love these books, would recommend to
anyone with a child who loves to laugh.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter could not put this book down during the school hols and finished in three daysPublished 1 month ago by Ken Lennox
Fabulous book of stories. Tried and tested over and over with year 3 children, creating a lot of laughter and them wanting more.Published 15 months ago by Pauline
Very suitable for my 5 y.o. grandson. Arrived on time. Thank you.Published 15 months ago by MARISA READY
Terrific stories. But not necessarily so user friendly for the children. The smaller editions are better for them but this is great value and a lovely collection.Published 15 months ago by Jane
Silly but very funny retellings of favourite fairy stories, this was one of my children's favourite books when they were little - bought it as a present for my nephew and hope he... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anne Mitchell
Love these stories. Have bought this compendium to read to my granddaughter when she's old enough.Published 20 months ago by SWright