The Fairy-Tale Handbook: An Interactive Adventure Through the Magical World of Fairy Tales is the work of illustrator Tomislav Tomić, contributor to the fantastic StoryWorld series of detailed cards that encourage creativity and storytelling in kids and adults, and Libby Hamilton, contributor to the encyclopedically awesome The Monstrous Book of Monsters.
The Fairy-Tale Handbook: An Interactive Adventure Through the Magical World of Fairy Tales is made up of only nine two-page spreads, but it holds a surprising wealth of information and detail. The first spread features the Forest of Stories and a Map of the Great Forest where houses are flaps that reveal the names of the fairy tale characters who live there. Other pages feature the baddies who make the stories interesting and the "Dangerous Things," like candy, glass slippers and a red hood that get good characters into trouble. There are also "Extraordinary Aniamls," with a booklet telling the story of the Frog Prince along with flaps that reveal creatures's true identities.
There is even a page for Fairy-Tale Princesses and a fold that reveals the secrets of their dressing rooms and another featuring their "Homes & Gardens." The final spread, as seen above, features weddings with invitations and flaps that reveal gifts brought to the princes and princesses. The final words of The Fairy-Tale Handbook: An Interactive Adventure Through the Magical World of Fairy Tales invite readers to continue telling stories on their own!
The Fairy-Tale Handbook: An Interactive Adventure Through the Magical World of Fairy Tales is the perfect gift for any creative child, especially one with an interest in fairy tales, which should be almost anyone since the Grimm brothers' collection is the third most translated book in the world, after the Bible and the Quran!
Source: Review Copy