Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through Story (Hardcover)
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Who will Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, see on their fairy-tale adventure? Peek through from scene to scene to guess who they might meet next.
Lucy is reading a fairy tale to Mr. Barker, but her dog has other ideas. When he jumps out the window — landing in a cottage with a broken chair, three bowls of porridge, and a little golden-haired girl — Lucy is right behind him. Goldilocks would rather not be there when the bears return, so she joins Lucy and Mr. Barker as they continue on their way, adding a trio of pigs, a boy with a goose, and a just-awakened princess during their journey. What happens next? Cutout windows throughout add visual surprises to this lighthearted fractured fairy tale.
About the Author
Jessica Ahlberg is the illustrator of The Goldilocks Variations, written by her father, Allan Ahlberg, and Yucky Worms by Vivian French. She lives in England.
Ahlberg's charming line-and-wash artwork features beautifully detailed, distinctive settings filled with visual clues indicating which traditional tales are taking place...Just as Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s preschool classic Each Peach Pear Plum (1979) introduced nursery rhymes, their daughter’s engaging picture book offers a playful introduction to fairy tales.
—Booklist (starred review)
Ahlberg (The Goldilocks Variations) delivers a lighthearted romp through several fairy tales...In many ways, this feels like a tender, 21st-century companion to Ahlberg’s parents’ classic Each Peach Pear Plum; as in that book, a gentle sense of humor (this giant up the bean stalk has knuckle tattoos) and cozy, detail-rich artwork should keep children engrossed and amused for hours.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A hole in the book’s cover spotlights Mr. Barker, Lucy’s pet dog, and gets the ball rolling on the peek-through device that teases upcoming events as the story as it traverses multiple fairy tales...The where-are- they element is a captivating and effective device, and the die-cut windows provide visual links between the various locations. Within the daintily attractive watercolor illustrations, numerous referential details (the bears’ oven has three settings: too cold, just right, and too hot, and their shopping list includes “batteries for burglar alarm”) add to the fun.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A fairy-tale mashup light as a feather and pretty as a sunny morning.
Sturdy pages will ensure that the book holds up through repeated journeys as readers enjoy many trips through the different peek-through openings to discover in each scene.
—School Library Journal
“A Peek-Through Story” with cutout windows that add extra delight to this enormously clever, highly entertaining fractured fairy, this choice is bound to be requested for repeated readings time and time again.
—Books to Borrow...Books to Buy (column from Kendal A. Rautzhan)