Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales

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HarperCollins, Aug 10, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 197 pages
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Who better to wreak havoc with eight beloved fairytales than Gregory Maguire, the brilliantly funny author of the adult novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, as well as of the hilarious middle–grade series, The Hamlet Chronicles.

Zany animals of all species run through these fractured tales with alarming speed and dexterity. Who would have thought that Sleeping Beauty, that most regal of all fairy– tales, could be twisted into the story of a frog with a most unusual and promising dance career? Get ready to meet a gorilla queen and a psycho chimp, seven giant giraffes; and one very bad walrus.

Ages 8–12


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Review: Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales

User Review  - Cindy - Goodreads

Despite the fact that Maguire reimagined stories are dark and twisted and depressing, I enjoy getting into his worlds. I'd rather light and fluffy and happy endings but I can get that from Disney ... Read full review

Review: Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Tongue in cheek is putting Gregory Maguire's take on fairy tales mildly- but their absurdity did not make them any less enjoyable. These fractured animal fairy tales have a nuance all their own that ... Read full review

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Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.

Chris L. Demarest is an author and illustrator, who was born and raised in New England. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts. Before working primarily as a children's book illustrator, he was a house painter in Seattle and contributed illustrations to such publications as the Atlantic Monthly magazine, the Boston Globe, and Reader's Digest. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his family. His personal motto is change is good. His idea of perfect happiness, for him, comes when one is doing what they want for a career, accepting that things in life can't always be controlled and to accept those bumps in the road as challenges, not obstacles.

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