Endlessly Ever After
Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings
Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat
(Chronicle Kids)- hardback
‘Your mama shakes you out of bed. She says, ‘My darling dear,/ you need to run to Grandma’s, quick! She’s feeling ill, I fear’. Thereafter you choose your first path. Might it be to ‘slip on your cosiest (faux) fur coat,’ or ‘to grab your favourite red cape‘. It seems that one treads a familiar path, albeit with deviations for flower picking that might lead to a sweet, sticky end. However, might there be a blue door to discover, that suggests new neighbours? Then again, could it be that the ‘girl inside a fur coat’ is mistaken for a wolf by a little pig set on revenge?
Laurel Snyder offers a rhyming text that compels us to continue. It seems that we’re guessing at best options, alongside being delighted by the fairy tale characters whom we encounter. Somehow, rather like Into the Woods, we’re led to imagine this setting as one whole land of coincidence and character neighbours. Then again, Dan Santat, of The Aquanaut illustrates this superb title with such melodrama and discovery. It seems that arriving at each option is a revelation….
Therefore, which coat will you have Little Red Riding Hood choose? Then again, might you kiss the lips of the sleeping princess you discover behind the wall of thorns? Furthermore, might you rescue her, to alight on a trapped Hansel and Gretel?
Bookwagon loves this clever, fulfilling beautiful picture book. It is such a clever development from traditional tales to delight and fascinate. Endlessly Ever After is recommended for reading at home, in school and thereafter as a really fresh, enduring gift, too.