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The Collection Hardcover – 23 Sep 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st edition (23 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841210374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841210377
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.7 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilarious short stories that will have you laughing out loud. (Primary Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

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.

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As a teacher of 7 & 8 year olds, I have to write to say that this book has been THE favourite of my class this year. They were so inspired as to persuade me to adapt a story, 'Snow White and the Seven Aliens' for a school assembly last month. It was a terrific hit with the rest of the schooll.We have read the stories several times and enjoy both the humour and morality of some of the tales. We have even discussed some of the relevant topics in Circle Time during our PSHE lessons. I have recommended the book to several parents and other staff. A definite hit, I will be using it again with my new class in September.
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These set of books - 10, absolutely brilliant. My six year old has read Cinderboy.. (a boys version of Cinderella!) 100's of times and loves it along with the others in this series. All books he has enjoyed immensely. A must have for all children of primary age ! All stories are new modern day extremely funny fairytales based on the original fairytale. A definate laugh for adults too. Great for schools too. Get them now !
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As a grand father, (and P.T.A. member), who goes into the local primary school for half an hour three days a week to read stories, I have found that these 'silly' stories are very popular with the reception and first year classes. I was borrowing the books individually from the local library each time, and so this collection of all ten stories in hard back, and at this price, is an absolutely brilliant addition to my library of childrens books.
Alfie.
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Having noticed one or two of Laurence Anholt's paperbacks in the bookshelves of my two little relatives (aged 8 and 5) I thought they might appreciate this book, which brings together ten of his brilliantly creative takes on that rather tired old format of the traditional fairy story, combined with the colourful and very Quentin Blake-esque illustrations of Arthur Robins.

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?
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Have bought this on more than one occasion previously - my children adored these stories when tiny as the imagery and the text are great fun. They loved reading the "bubbles" themselves whilst an adult read the main body and now, aged 10, my daughter still picks these up for a light bed time read now and then.

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...
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One of the best Fairy story books i've ever read. Links really well to year 2 traditional tales unit. The stories are based on the real traditional tales but with a twist where characters are often reversed. Children love it as the humour is silly but at a level that younger children will understand. Would definitely reccommend this book.
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By Ayesh on 11 Nov. 2011
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Fantastic book, has loads of the silly stories in one book, which
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.....
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My 7yr old daughter absolutely loves these stories, it's our favourite book. Some are a little lost on my 5yr old as I don't think he understands the original stories enough to see the funny connections but I'm sure this will come in time. I definitely recommend this book.
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