Friday, December 31, 2010

Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys by Norton Juster

Three new fairy tales...

Random House Children's Books, Yearling Division, sent me a trade paperback of this book for review (thank you).  This book is currently on sale at your local bookstore.

Domenico Gnoli is the illustrator and his pen and ink drawings really add to the mood of the stories told.

Mr. Juster is the author of "The Phantom Tollbooth", which is a marvelous book.  If you haven't read it yet, you have a treat in store when you do.  That's why I was excited to read these new fairy tales from him.

There are three tales in this book (on print for the first time in decades) that show Mr. Juster's wit and wisdom in story telling.  His characters all have flaws, yet they generally succeed at what they do.  They all learn along the way.  And the story is told in an entertaining way so they are fun to read.

There is a tale of one man and his search for wisdom; a boy with no illusions meets a princess with no kingdom; and, the richest and poorest monarchs in the world want more than they have...

Share some classics from the past with your child or grandchild.  They'll be glad you did.

Happy reading!

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