Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Loathsome Dragon

Written by: David Weisner and Kim Khang

First line: In Bamborough Castle there lives a King and Queen who had two children, a son named Childe Wynd and a daughter named Margaret.

Why you should read this book: In classic fairy tale tradition, the good queen dies, leaving the king open to the tender ministrations of a wicked sorceress who soon becomes a stereotypical wicked stepmother, jealous of the princess and determined to destroy her youthful beauty. Drawing on her magical powers, the wicked stepmother transforms Princess Margaret into the loathsome dragon, destined to remain in her monstrous form unless her brother can somehow be convinced to kiss her three times. Of course, all transformations are, in the end, undone, evil is defeated, and the faithful children take their rightful places once again.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't want to reinforce the stereotype of the wicked stepmother.

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