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FOR SURE! FOR SURE! by Hans Christian Andersen

FOR SURE! FOR SURE!

By Hans Christian Andersen (Author) , Mus White (Translator) , Stefan Czernecki (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-87483-742-1
Publisher: August House

The hens who overhear a chicken’s innocent remark about losing a feather—and then pass the information on from one bird to another—do not recognize their own tale as, in true “telephone” fashion, it evolves into a story about how five lovesick hens killed themselves by plucking out all of their feathers and then pecking each other. “Spread the news!” Sadly, this retelling of Andersen’s “There Is No Doubt About It” falls far short of Janet Stevens’s touchstone but out-of-print version: It’s Perfectly True (1988). The clichés and asides used throughout the retelling are distracting, taking away from, rather than adding to the progression. Large font emphasizes some of the dialogue, but the placement and design of the layout seem disjointed and forced. Czernecki’s bold and vividly colored graphics are definitely attention-grabbing, but not enough so to redeem the retelling. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)