By David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Richard Eqielski
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine, 40 pages
For a change, this picture book starts with happily ever after. The princess and brave knight fall madly in love but how did that happen? Turn the pages and find out by going back in time and over the series of unfortunate events that led to The End.
David LaRochelle has created a zany story that kids (who relish absurd, slapstick humour) will love. Eqielski's illustrations are larger-than-life and remind me of Tenniel's renderings of the Duchess and her baby in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
This is a great book to use during storytime, providing much scope for interaction as everyone tries to guess ... not what happens next, but what happened before! The possibilities, of course, are endless.