Reading Beauty By Deborah Underwood


Back of Book: 

When a fairy’s curse—a deathlike sleep via paper cut—threatens to make her kingdom barren of books, it’s up to space princess Lex to break the spell and bring books back to her people. Set in the universe of the acclaimed Cinderella, this empowering bedtime story will entice young readers with its brave heroine, star-studded setting, and hilarious, heartwarming happy ending.

My Review: 

I received a copy of this picture book from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review.  

 Readers will love this fun sci-fi twist on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. I love using fractured fairy tales in my classroom to teach my students different perspectives. We read Reading Beauty last week and my students loved the unique setting and plot twists. The rhyming text made this an engaging a fun story. The edgy illustrations by Meg Hunt are done in pastels and paint a perfect picture to match a scientific fairytale. 

My favorite part of this book is that it centers around a love of reading and how important books are. I used the theme to have a conversation with my class about why literacy is important and how we can continue to embrace it. 

This is a terrific picture book that should be in every elementary classroom. 

Ages 5 and up

44 Pages

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