well, maybe…

30 days of pbDay Twelve: Fairly Fairy Tales  

By Esmé Raji Codell, Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Aladdin 2011.


TRC243-4-10 Cover 175L CTP.inddGifted writer and educator Esme Raji Codell has written a book that incorporates fractured fairy tales with this kind of parent-child interplay to create a pitch-perfect combination of bedtime read-aloud and fairytales that will delight children and parents!–goodreads

Most picture book stories about bedtime have similar ingredients:

Kiss? Yes.

Water? Yes.

Bedtime? NOOOOO!

The kid does not want to go to bed.

What if we add a new ingredient to old fairytales? Like solar panels to The Three Little Pigs, or disco to Cinderella. Natalya and I would have had so much fun with this picture book when she was small, because like the boy in the book, she would have taken back the “Nooooo!” and said, “Well, maybe,” too.

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fairly fairy tale pigFor a new imagination of the story using Codell’s suggested spin, Chavarri illustrates colorful and active double-page scenes for the reader to revisit the classic tales. Going, big, bold, and deceptively simple, Codell and Chavarri are fun and funny—and really smart.

The boy comes to rethink that “Nooooo!” to the question of bedtime, with a “maybe” that changes the age-old story and is willing to entertain possibilities. The boy (and reader) can get excited about story time and opportunities to dream.


Esmé Raji Codell  is the recipient of a prestigious James Patterson Pageturner Award for spreading the excitement of books in an effective and original way. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Reading Association and the American Library Association, a “virtual” keynote for the National Education Association’s “Stay Afloat!” online conference for first-year teachers, and a featured speaker at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, C-SPAN, and NPR, among other media outlets across the country. The author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, as well as five award-winning books for children, Esmé runs the popular children’s literature Web site and the unique literary salon.

Sahara Special (Disney-Hyperion 2003); Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade w/ illus. LeUyen Pham (Hyperion 2004); Hanukkah, Shmaukkah! (Hyperion 2005); Diary of a Fairy Godmother (Disney-Hyperion 2006); Vive la Paris (Hyperion 2006); The Basket Ball w/ illus. Jennifer Plecas (Harry N. Abrams 2011); Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman w/ illus. Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow 2012)

Elisa Chivarri: “My interest in drawing and coloring began before I can remember, but from crayons and finger paints it eventually grew into a fondness of illustrated stories, comics, and animated movies. Because of these loves and my training in classical animation, most of my artwork is story or character driven.”

Born: Lima, PERU | Grew: Alpena, Michigan USA | Education: Savannah Collage of Art & Design, graduated with honors | Major: Classical Animation | Minor: Comics (via “Info”) Books: Santa Goes Green by Anne Margaret Lewis (Mackinac Island Press 2008); Fly Blanky Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis (HarperCollins 2012)

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I read, and I write. and until recently, I sold books.

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