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Snoring Beauty

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fairytale too raucous and silly for sleepy time.

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From the eccentric fairies to the lush, red lips of the snoring hot pink and purple dragon, this book is fun and will do anything but put you to sleep!

The narrator is a large green sarcastic frog dressed in a purple cape and looking like the Phantom of the Opera. The King is named Gluteus, the Queen Esophagus, and the newborn baby christened Princess Drachmina Lofresca Malvolio Margarine. And the original names and unique characters don't stop there. Several fairies also fill in the scene, including Tintinnitus, who doesn't hear well; Fleabitis, who can't help but show his red polka-dotted undershorts; the burly Fred, a fairy wannabe; and Beebo, the slighted, really cranky curse-wielder. What's not to like?

The narrator sounds at times like he has snagged his lines from a Sam Spade detective novel. And, overall, the clever and silly language of the story begs to be read aloud. With all its snoring, snorting, and "ALLA-BAMS!" the more dramatic the voice, the better. The watercolors that fill the pages only add to the noise and merriment.

Book Details

  • Author: Bruce Hale
  • Illustrator: Howard Fine
  • Genre: Fairy Tale
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publication date: May 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 7
  • Number of pages: 44
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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