Title: The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears
Author: Alastair Chisholm
Illustrator: Jez Tuya
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Jamie wants a bedtime story with a prince and a bear and a witch. And more bears! “All right,” said Dad. “Why not?”
A wild and wonderful fairytale adventure with laugh-out-loud twists on every turn of the page!
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This book made me laugh so much and will be fun for both adults and kids to read! A little bigger than A4 in size ‘The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears’ is a paperback with thick glossy pages of colourful illustrations and text. The story centres around Jamie, a boy who wants a bed time story told to him, a made-up one. His dad begins to tell the story but Jamie keeps asking questions and wants things added, or changed and so his dad keeps chaing the story with hilarious results.
The idea of this story is so simple and many adults can relate to making up a story for their kids at bedtime, but like many children do, Jamie questions almost everything. For example, he asks why the Prince is rescuing the Princess and not the other way around, so his dad changes the story and we see the Princess ready to ride away to rescue the Prince…until Jamie says he preferred it the other way afterall! Every change that’s made to the story has a coresponding illustration so the story, with all its quirks and changes, really does come to life and can be seen by kids reading this picture book. Some of the story changes are very funny or silly and the whole story has a great twist at the end.
The illustrations really make this book funny. It’s through these illustrations that we get to see how the story changes and all the additional things that are added to it. The pictures are all quite simple and very colourful and their style just makes this all the more funny to read, the characters (eve nthe horse) all have fun expressions which make the story much funnier to read. The conversation throughout is funny too with Jamie’s dad trying to constantly change and please his son with the new twists.
I really enjoyed reading this book just because it’s very funny. I like the twist towards the end where Jamie doesn’t like the ending and so his dad has to add an entirely new ending to the story. I also love the last picture in the book which is funny and shows the characters essentially ‘stuck’ until tomorrow’s continuation of the tale! I think so many kids will enjoy the silly story and illustrations and I like the fact that the typical ending of a fairytale is turned on its head with Jamie’s feelings towards it. I think this book will be enjoyed by a lot of kids but also by lots of adults who will certainly relate to trying to come up with an acceptable story for their kids enquiring minds.
Do you like this book? Did you like made-up stories at bedtime when you were young or enjoy doing that with your kids? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂