Snoring Beauty

illus. by Jane Manning. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780060874032. LC 2012050669.
K-Gr 2—A mouse who lives within the walls of a castle is unable to fall asleep the night before his wedding due to the loud snoring coming from a princess nearby. A prince comes to kiss the beauty awake, but he is put off by her loud noises. The only way for Mouse to get some shut-eye is to kiss the princess himself. The story ends with a double wedding, and the brides and grooms all live happily ever after-except for the fact that Mrs. Mouse snores, too. Bright watercolor illustrations and expressive characters add a whimsical feel to this fairy-tale spin-off. Snoring sounds are even illustrated on some pages for comic emphasis. The layout fluctuates from single-page images with text opposite to full spreads, creating visual variety. Told in varied iambic meter that has a limerick feel, the text has an easy flow and perfect scansion, making it a good choice for reading aloud.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
Despite Sleeping Beauty's loud, obnoxious snoring, desperate-for-rest Mouse believes one day a prince will awaken the princess with a kiss. Prince Max arrives to Beauty's off-putting "SNOOOOGA-SNOOOOOM"; the duo attempts varied spell-breaking tricks, but it's eventually Mouse who saves the day. Warm, silly watercolors picture the zany rhymed escapade that ends happily (with a double wedding).

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