Saturday, January 23, 2010

Heckedy Peg

Heckedy Peg
By: Audrey Wood, Illustrated By: Don Wood
Voyager Books: Harcourt Brace and Company
Ages: 5-8 years
Approx. 25-30 pages
Heckedy Peg is a book about a mother with seven children. When she goes to the market to buy presents for her children, the children get into a heap of trouble with a witch named Heckedy Peg (who has only one leg!). The witch turns the mischevous children into different types of good food to eat and the mother has to race to save them before they're eaten! Classically reminiscent of a Grimm Brothers fairytale.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
I think anyone who is looking for a different type of children's fairytale will love this book. The clever words paired with the breathtaking illustrations will captivate any audience, young or old.
What Problems do you see this book potentially causing?
The only thing I might be concerned with in this book is that it's kind of graphic for young, tiny children to read. Like the Brothers Grimm fairytales, it talks about eating children and chopping off limbs in order to get something the character wants.
What was your reaction to this book?
i actually loved this book. Especially the illustrations which look so real and life-like. I love the uniqueness of the storyline and it is definitely a book that I would read again and again.

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