superdumb supervillain: Twelve Dancing Unicorns

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Twelve Dancing Unicorns

A lot of contemporary childrens' books feature wisecracking kids and potty humor, which both admittedly have their time and place, but as a parent of a 10 year old and a 7 year old, I miss old-fashioned fairy tales. Don't you?

Twelve Dancing Unicorns is a good old-fashioned fairy tale. In fact, it's based on the Grimm classic "Twelve Dancing Princesses," although the substitution of unicorns is welcome, since most parents are probably princessed-out by now. And I may or may not have had a stellar collection of pewter and porcelain unicorns as a little girl. Ahem. The story is simple and illustrated with beautiful, fantastical imagery to captivate children. Jasper was particularly intrigued by the golden chains that have to be reforged every day, which I chalk up to his interest in blacksmithing. 

This book would make a lovely gift for dreamers of all ages.

Alissa Heyman is a freelance writer who edited The Best Poems of the English Language (Mud Puddle Books). Her poems have appeared in the St. Petersburg Review, Lyric, and Quarto, and she has adapted The Big Book of… series for Sterling Publishing, which includes The Big Book of Horror, The Big Book of Fairies, and The Big Book of Pirates. Alissa lives in New York City where she also curates the Perfect Sense poetry reading series at the Cornelia Street CafĂ©.

Justin Gerard has done illustration for DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Disney, HarperCollins, Penguin, Little, Brown, and others. The Society of Illustrators featured his illustration “Beowulf and Grendel” in the 50th Annual of American Illustration, from his IPPY Award-winning book, Beowulf, Book I: Grendel the Ghastly. Justin lives in Greenville, SC.

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