Princess Fishtail

by Minters, Frances.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E MIN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  E MIN
Princess Fishtail really digs her life beneath the water-living in a crystal palace, jumping rope with dolphins, and chatting with tuna on her cell phone. But one day when she rescues a handsome surfer, the mer-princess realizes she's been hooked-by love. The princess decides to spend the rest of her life on land with her true love, but one day she gets homesick for her old pals under the sea. Will a rotten old troll stand in true love's way, or can a mermaid princess, a surfer, and some sewing lessons show the way to living happily ever after? "This ultracool version of the fairy tale ...updates the classic with singular flair." (Publishers Weeklyon Cinder-Elly)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS^-Gr. 2. The team who created Cinder-Elly (1994) and Sleepless Beauty (1996) collaborate again to give a fresh, new face to the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of a mermaid princess who falls in love with a human. In this hip L.A. version, the princess rescues a surfer named Burt when he accidentally falls into the ocean, then bargains with a nasty sea troll to trade her fish tail for legs. Now completely human, the princess and her surfer take in the Hollywood scene and go shopping: "This will not come as news--/ Highness really needed / Lots of brand-new shoes." The rhyming verse is witty, funny, and contagious, begging to be read aloud, and Karas' highly entertaining pictures are loaded with clever details that will amuse and delight. Older kids will get a kick out of references to such modern-day trappings as cell phones, fax machines, and e-mail. A raplike recitation of the verses will be great for a fun-filled choral reading. Lauren Peterson"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The creators of Cinder-Elly and Sleepless Beauty here perkily up-end "The Little Mermaid": "On top she was a human,/ In fact, was kind of dishy./ Underneath it all, though,/ You might find something fishy." While swimming, the Mer-Princess, aka Highness, spies a surfer and immediately falls in love. Distracted by her song, Burt falls off his board and she pulls him to shore. When Highness bemoans her inability to stay on dry land because of her fishtail, a sly troll appears and offers to trade her the tail for two feet. She and Burt have a grand time together until the princess becomes homesick and the troll refuses to return her tail. But clever Burt comes up with a solution. Quips and comments from fish ("Highness, maybe you should go to a plastic sturgeon," they warn when the troll makes his offer), seagulls and clams supplement the sometimes strained rhy-ming verse. Painted on a grainy, woodlike ground, Karas's mixed-media pictures take Los Angeles as backdrop; a scene of the Hollywood hills is especially festive. Light colors and bubbly patterns create a confetti-like effect, well suited to the frothiness of this frolicsome retelling. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mermaids -- Fiction.
Surfers -- Fiction.
Trolls -- Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York :Viking,2002
Contributors Karas, G. Brian.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0670035297
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