Sleeping Beauty – retold by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Erin McGuire


  Sleeping Beauty – retold by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Erin McGuire, Disney Hyperion, (9781423121084), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The classic Perrault tale of Sleeping Beauty is retold with a few minor changes.  Rylant skips the part with the princess being hidden away from the castle and instead has her meet her fate while wandering in the woods:  “One day in the fifteenth year of her life, the girl wandered into the woods. There she found a forgotten old cottage, and in it a forgotten old spinner.  The wrinkled old spinner had never heard the king’s order, and she possessed not only a spinning wheel, but also a long spindle, which was wrapped in wool.”   Another little change is that the princess is awoken by a kiss on the hand from the young prince.  The illustrations painted digitally in deep muted tones complement the lyrical text and the tone of the fairytale.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who love fairytales will enjoy this new addition.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/15/17             

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