Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

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Walker, Apr 1, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
128 Reviews
Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! The dude came to fight the ugly, smelly giant with his mighty sword. She turned gold into thread while she cried for Buttercup, her favorite pony. And he took the princess's gold thread for payment The end!

Wait a minute! That's not how it ends!

Oh no?

Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who had to tell a fairy tale to the class, but they couldn't agree on the story. Will everyone live happily ever after?

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This book was very cute, and I love the illustrations! - Goodreads
The sudden plot twist adds a new dimension. - Goodreads
It is a great mentor text to teach voice in writing! - Goodreads
Great, colorful illustrations. - Goodreads
I love the illustrations and the voice that it has. - Goodreads
I really liked the illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - arodri13 - LibraryThing

This wonderfully illustrated picture book presents the telling of a fairy tale story told by the point of view of both a boy and girl. Each story is biased by their own expectations and interpretation ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tessieb - Goodreads

A unique compare and contrast of different fairy tale options. We love the different voices, surprise ending and hilarious illustrations. Read full review

About the author (2005)

KEVIN O’MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.www.booksbyomalley.com


Carol Heyer used to argue with the boys in her class about important things like princesses and giants, so she enjoyed collaborating on this dueling boy and girl story. Now Carol is a full-time writer and illustrator whose books have sold over a million copies.


Scott Goto thinks illustrating a story about a dude who battles giants with a bike and a big sword is the perfect way to start the day. However, the only bike he has is pedal powered, and he fought a giant once in school and got squashed. But he does own a big sword.

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