Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali, illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre

Published by Tundra Books

Summary:  In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, Snow White finds refuge from the evil queen in a house inhabited by dwarfs.  Only this time, it’s not seven dwarfs, it’s 77.  Just learning their names (Elvis, Dudley, Bilberry, Kiki…) proves to be a chore, never mind fixing three meals a day and cleaning up afterward.  After a few days of this routine, Snow White decides the queen is a better option.  She requests two poison apples, and finally gets to enjoy a well-earned sleep.

Pros:  Fractured fairy tales are always fun, and kids will enjoy the 77 rainbow-hued dwarfs on many of the pages.

Cons:  The ending seemed a bit abrupt and unsatisfying to me.  Kids may not quite get it, even if harried parents do.

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