Roselupin has had quite enough of being locked away in her tower room. Her father the king thinks he needs to protect her from the wild and dangerous world outside, but Roselupin knows better. So when she receives a mysterious gift on her seventh birthday, Roselupin uses it as her ticket out of the tower and into the woods, where she howls and dances all day long--and surprises the kingdom folk right out of their socks. Twice.
"Shannon's (Gullible's Troubles) antic mixed-media art will have readers howling, too; in one spread, the gargantuan wolf revels in a dazzling selection of baked goods offered by courtiers who seem lilliputian by comparison. The old-world castle town and the dark forest are the stuff of classic fairy tales, but Shannon's sly humor and resourceful heroine are eminently her own." -- Publisher's Weekly
Locked in a tall, stony tower by her overprotective father, little princess Roselupin longs to venture into the "wild and dangerous" world. So when she receives a mysterious golden box full of yarn for her seventh birthday, Roselupin takes matters--and knitting needles--into her own hands. She knits herself a magical red wolf suit, and, suddenly grown gigantic, bursts out of her tower into the wild world. Free at last, our newly furry heroine dances "her wolfy dance" and howls "her wolfy howl."
It's only when she heads deep into the forest that her adventure begins to unravel.
Margaret Shannon's tale has a deliciously Where the Wild Things Are flavor, with its own fresh twist. The image of a giddy, gigantic, cherry-red wolf frolicking over the trees near the kingdom is utterly unforgettable, as are the beautiful spreads showing Roselupin shrinking into the darkening forest, followed by a red thread. An understated surprise ending will either bemuse or gratify readers, who will cheer at the princess's hard-earned freedom, regardless. -- Emilie Coulter
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Nov 13, 2006|