Sunday, December 16, 2007

The End

The End
By David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Richard Egielski
Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), 2007

Have you ever wanted to read a story from ending to beginning? Well, here’s your book. This story starts with the end and works its way to once upon a time. The story tells how the prince and the princess fell in love and then tells the reason for all of the things that come before it. The story is a chain of events—some events hilariously ludicrous, as many fairy tales are. For example, a group of bunnies in the story are running away because a large tomato is rolling down the hill after them. The illustrations make the story even funnier. There are flying blue pigs in the illustrations and trees with expressions.

This would be a fun book to study cause and effect—this happened because of this. The whole story is set up this way. And what a romp of crazy events it ends. The book, of course, ends with the title page.

This book was nominated for the Cybils fiction picture book category.

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