Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales

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Harper Collins, 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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Short and funny retellings of famous fairytales using a modern edge. Read full review

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Gregory Maguire was born June 9, 1954 in Albany, New York. He received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Tufts University. He is a founder and co-director of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He writes for both adults and children. His first book, The Lighting Time, was published in 1978. His adult works include Wicked, Confessions of and Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. The Broadway play Wicked is based on his book of the same title. His children's books include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the Hamlet Chronicles series.

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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