Absurd fairy tales, very sensibly told
There once was a good little devil - did you read that right? Yes you did: not a wicked little devil but a good one, and boy, was he in a fix!
Instead of doing bad things like forgetting his homework and playing tricks on his teachers, this little devil kept trying to be good. He did all his homework - and sometimes enjoyed it! He was never rude and he even encouraged sinners to say sorry. His parents were at their wits' end. So the little devil struck out on his own.
On his quest to learn to be good, our little devil meets all kinds of people, from priests to police and from the Pope in Rome to Little Jesus himself. But will the angels let a little red devil with black horns into Heaven?
In these thirteen tales, clever young people find nifty ways to overcome greedy kings, wicked witches, unlucky spells and even silly names. And there's a big dash of magic to help them on the way!
About the Author
Pierre Gripari, the French-Greek author, dubbed 'a Martian in exile', was one the most successful writers for children in twentieth-century France and a prolific author for adult and children. The stories in The Good Little Devil and Other Tales are his most famous.
About the Illustrator
Puig Rosado is an award-winning illustrator famous in France and elsewhere in Europe for his children's books, press cartoons and posters.
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 200 x 148 x 29 mm
A wonderful book. Funny, tender and daft. -- David Almond ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guardian Children's Books I'd rate this book 1000 out of ten for humour Guardian Children's Books Profoundly truthful and deliciously absurd TLS A gem... these stories have entertained French children (and their parents) for the past four decades, and I have no doubt that British children will love them too. -- Rebecca Davies The Independent Immensely readable... highly recommended to all parents looking for stories to read aloud to the family, to teachers [and] to young readers with a sense of humour. Books for Keeps A wonderful collection of stories for children... Would easily give five stars... a book to treasure and it will be firmly placed on the keeper shelf. Bookbabblers These stories are wonderfully bizarre; retaining the traditional charm of a fable there is often a strong moral core, devilishly decorated with warmth and humour. We Love This Book Charmingly eccentric French fairytales are guaranteed to win the hearts of English children and are perfect for those with a wicked sense of humour Mumsnet A comical and often ludicrous reading experience... Children will love them Library Mice Magical and surreal, yet somehow simultaneously thoroughly grounded in ordinary, everyday life, each story is a total treat Teach Primary Great fun Angels & Urchins Wickedly eccentric... A timeless collection of fun and funky stories for children in every corner of the world... Lancashire Evening Post