Good deeds and kindness are rewarded, cruelty and selfishness earn just deserts, and with the help of a sentient golden apple tree, a girl with a pure heart marries her prince—but only after she gets to know him. Don’t expect to hear the usual traditional fairy tale fare here. Adam Booth is a master storyteller and with an engaging down home flavor, he recounts his adaptations of suspenseful tales of quests and wit, deftly creating enchanted settings, voicing distinctive characters, and bringing authenticity to his narrative, no matter how fantastical. (The four heads in “The Well at the End of the World” are particularly memorable. So is the “Cinderella”-reminiscent story of “One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes.”) Aptly designated as all-ages entertainment (although too intense for the pre-K crowd), Booth’s vivid tale-spinning is an art to be savored.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.