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French, Vivian.
Cambridge : Candlewick Press, 2008
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 0763635316
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Lady Lamorna envisions the gown of her dreams: rows and rows of little skulls sewn along the hem… spider webs interwoven with poison ivy on black velvet…blood-red petticoats! When she discovers that her coffers no longer contain the necessary gold to pay for such finery, the aging sorceress hatches an evil plot; she will kidnap all the princes and princesses in the kingdom and turn them into frogs. Surely their royal parents will pay her dearly to restore them to their former selves!  This being a fairy tale, after all, a large cast of characters enter the mix… her hapless servant Gubble, a dimwitted troll; a brave little girl named Gracie Gillypot; Marlon, a wisecracking bat; and the usual assortment of wicked stepsisters, royal personages and old crones. This is a delightful, witty romp, the first book in the TALES FROM FIVE KINGDOMS series.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2009-2010)
SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.

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