Books by Mara Alperin

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Mara Alperin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"With whimsical paintings, some racial diversity, and a cat and mouse playfully adding to the visual fun, this retelling is worth considering. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
The Grimm tale is updated with pastel shades and a terpsichorean spin. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Mara Alperin
adapted by Mara Alperin, illustrated by Sue Eastland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"With its somewhat saccharine illustrations and only serviceable text—and far better versions available—this can easily be skipped. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A slimmed-down adaptation of the Andersen tale about appearances, this includes most of the essentials usually present in today's retellings. Read full book review >
CHICKEN LITTLE by Mara Alperin
adapted by Mara Alperin, illustrated by Nick East
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"No substitutes for more traditional renditions—but not spoiled by the alterations, either. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-7)"
Chicken Little may not be "the brightest chicken in the coop," but he's definitely not the only birdbrain in this version of the classic tale. Read full book review >