Too Much of A Good Thing! Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch by Greg Gormley
FRANKIE LOVES FAIRY TALES--REALLY, REALLY LOVES THEM.
SO ONE MORNING SHE WAS... REALLY, REALLY DELIGHTED TO FIND... A FAIRY TALE PRINCESS IN HER ROOM!
But there is no time for princessy niceties. She pleads for assistance.
"HELP ME HIDE! THE WITCH IS COMING!"
Frankie pushes the fairy princess under her bed, trying to stay calm. But just then a unicorn bursts into her bedroom with the same plea about a witch coming. Frankie crams the unicorn into her closet and closes the door firmly.
Then she hears some splashing in the bathroom and finds a mermaid trying to hide in the tub. Frankie draws the bath curtain shut, just as she hears a strange metallic clanking downstairs.
It's a knight, in creaking armor. Frankie aims him at the coat closet, pushing him back behind boots and overcoats until he is concealed. Then there's a king pounding on the door, looking royally scared. Where to hide him? All the good places are taken. Improvising instantly, Frankie puts him next to the sofa and shoves a lampshade down over his head.
But next a big frog leaps in, looking for a hiding place.
Fairy Tale Frankie is not just a follower of fairy stories; she's a fairy tale fanatic! But what is she supposed to do with this frog? She's certainly not going to kiss him! She opens the pantry and he jumps into a cereal box.
Then, with a KAZAM! the Witch herself appears with a screech!
WHERE ARE THE OTHERS? SHE DEMANDS!
Will Fairy Tale Frankie falter in the face of this frightening figure?
It's all in good fun, in Greg Gormley's Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch (Aladdin Books, 2016). In its new paperback edition, Frankie finds out that she's just become part of a very-fairy-tale game of hide-and-seek. The frog comes forth to declare it's his turn to be IT and invites Frankie to play with them. This is a good-hearted look at fractured fairy tale fun, with the comic cartoon illustrations of Steven Lenton to keep the action light and jolly enough for the youngest fairy tale fan.