The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

First Second. Jun. 2019. 112p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596437500.
Gr 2-5–Lachenmeyer presents a collection of four “brand-new” fairy tales full of adventure and heart. With themes such as being a good listener, showing kindness and acceptance, and being true to oneself, these stories hearken back to the classic Aesop’s fables, but Blocker’s illustrations add a refreshingly colorful zest, bringing the tales squarely into the present—they can easily stand alongside contemporary graphic novels with modern, punchy color work. A diverse cast of characters clearly express emotion and movement, delicately moving across the panels in a way that harmonizes each story with the imagery.
VERDICT A welcome addition to public and elementary school libraries with fans of Jennifer L. Holm’s “Squish,” Jarrett Krosoczka’s “Lunch Lady,” and Kazu Kibuishi’s “Explorer.”

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