Fiction | 7 October 2015A New Adventure in Fairy Tale Land Share article facebook twitter google pinterest One perusal through the Fairy Tale section of your local library (398.2 for you fellow bibliophiles) and you will see that there are various versions of the classics. Some are versions from other countries and cultures, while others are fractured versions of the originals meant to delight their readers. Magic!: New Fairy Tales by Irish Writers satisfies both of those descriptions, as its subtitle explains. While they say the tales are new, you can find some comparisons to the classics. “The Princess and the Other Frog,” for example, has elements of many fairy tales within its pages. Excerpted from Magic! This illustration calls to mind The Frog Princess, but upon further reading, we learn that the frog is the princess’s friend and somewhat of a protector. Excerpted from Magic! From whom is Hildegard, the frog, protecting the princess? The Big Bad Wolf of course! This well-known villain plus the princess’s red coat call to mind Little Red Riding Hood, right down to her basket! She isn’t traveling to her grandma’s house, though, but to see his majesty, the King. She meets a dragon and an ogre along the way. Chances are your youngster can connect those characters to a well-known movie (or 3)! Excerpted from Magic! At the end of this fairy tale, the King kisses the frog and something magical happens. We are left to make our own connections when we see the final illustration… Excerpted from Magic! …and read, “You can guess what happened when the king kissed the frog, but that’s another story. Let’s just say the queen was not best pleased.” Here’s a fun idea for your fairy-tale loving reader—he or she can write the new version of the story that we are left to predict. Becoming authors to create the next adventure…just like the Irish writers of Magic! – – – Magic! New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers Edited by: Siobhan Parkinson Illustrated by: Olwyn Whelan Format: Hardback, 64 Pages ISBN: 9781847805379 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: $19.99 / £14.99 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.