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Contributor(s): Ahlberg, Allan (Author), Ingman, Bruce (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763653047     ISBN-13: 9780763653040
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2011

Annotation: "Read this book aloud so that youngsters can chime in. . . . Children will delight in this energetic, amusing, and very approachable tale." —School Library Journal

Do you know what Jack and Jill were arguing about before they went up the hill? And what happened before that? Every story, every person, and every thing started somewhere. Author Allan Ahlberg and illustrator Bruce Ingman, the whimsical team behind The Runaway Dinner and The Pencil, reverse direction in this clever pastiche of fairy tales in which everyone lives happily ever . . . before.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: E
Physical Information: 0.13" H x 10.62" W x 9.35" (0.40 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119509
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Allan Ahlberg is the author of THE RUNAWAY DINNER, illustrated by Bruce Ingman; HALF A PIG, illustrated by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg; the Gaskitts books, illustrated by Katharine McEwen; and many other titles, including the popular Jolly Postman series. He lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman is an award-winning children’s book illustrator who illustrated THE RUNAWAY DINNER by Allan Ahlberg and BOING! by Sean Taylor. He lives in London.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
This story connects characters from many different nursery stories: for example, before Jack got his magic beans, he fell down a hill with his sister. Children familiar with the tales will have fun guessing the sequence of events and exploring the acrylic illustrations, which show several happenings on each spread. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 November)

PreS-Gr 2 —This reverse cumulative tale cleverly connects some fairy tales and nursery rhymes. "Goldilocks arrived home all bothered and hot. Previously she had been running like mad in the dark woods. Previously she had been climbing out of somebody else's window." Previously, she had bumped into Jack who "was running like mad in the dark woods with a hen under his arm." Cinderella was "bumped into by…The Gingerbread Boy" and his whole group of followers. The ingenuous acrylic paintings mirror the turnabouts artfully so that, for example, Jack appears four times on the same spread: falling down a hill with Jill, playing soccer, talking with his mother, and exchanging a cow for some beans. The jazzy, colorful pictures display substantive variety: silhouetted figures dance at Cinderella's ball; she previously runs through trees that rise out of Impressionist-like blue-dotted ground; the prince who danced with Cinderella changes into a frog; his head visibly transforms in a series of views atop his normal head. Read this book aloud so that youngsters can chime in and shout the word "previously" 29 times. Children will delight in this energetic, amusing, and very approachable tale.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

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