Good Night, Baddies; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Juli Kangas
Beach Lane Books, 2016
ISBN 978-1-48140-984-1
Picture book, fiction, fractured fairy tale
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.4
4 out of 5 stars


This is a fun story that would make a great read-aloud for younger children. The rhyming text lets readers in on the secret to how those evil characters in fairy tales spend their evenings–taking bubble baths, reading stories, checking for princesses under their bed. Not what you expected, huh? The colorful illustrations show a different side to those characters when they clock out of work and head home to relax.

In addition to the fun twist, there are enough hints in the text that readers will enjoy matching each of the baddies to their original fairy tale. This could be an accompaniment to a fairy tale, or fractured fairy tale, unit.

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