Thank you to the kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
First of all, if you put the words ‘toot’ and ‘bum’ and have a character in their underwear, my boys will roar laughing! This was such a great twist on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk with a fun additional character, Cinderella. It is a clever story!
I think I laughed more than my kids for the first read aloud because I caught onto the idea of the narrator telling the story and the characters having side chats with the narrator while he did it. When we read it again, the kids were laughing just as loud because I used different voices for the narrator and characters! They LOVED it!! The sarcasm and silliness is great throughout the entire book!
The illustrations, by Edwardian Taylor, jump right out at you. My boys kept commenting on how much they enjoyed the drawings! Pay close attention to the few last pages. There are so many fun characters, that you know from other books, in the illustrations!
I taught third and fourth grade and can absolutely see students writing their own versions of classic tales with a narrator/character twist like this! You could even have them pick fairy tales out of a hat to make it more challenging.
I also think having children read different parts aloud would be a fun activity. It would definitely be funny to listen to the voices of the narrators and characters going back and forth!
We just loved this book! I cannot say enough about it! We look forward to reading more books by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor!