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A Very Grimm Fairy Tale

by Aaron Shepard & illustrated by Gary Clement

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-86740-9
Publisher: Atheneum

Two-Eyes lives with her two elder sisters, One-Eye and Three-Eyes, who make fun of her for not looking normal like they do. Like Cinderella, Two-Eyes does all the work around the house for unappetizing leftovers, while her siblings eat lavishly and live a life of leisure. One day, while Two-Eyes is taking the family goat out for a graze, a strange old woman appears out of nowhere with a basketful of magical secrets. She teaches Two-Eyes a chant to summon scrumptious food, but the mean sisters become suspicious and follow her. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, with Two-Eyes helped by the old woman, a talking stream and a very clever tree. In the end, a handsome knight on a purple horse whisks her off to his castle, which is full of two-eyed people. Clement’s quirky watercolors suit the fractured fairytale, adapted from a Brothers Grimm original. Wry fun for the early grades. (Picture book. 6-8)