Kate Greenaway Award Commended

The alphabet is just an illusion.

It's pretty to look at, but not interesting enough to read more than once.


Teaches the alphabet.

Probably better than bacon-flavored ice cream.

It's just kind of a standard fairy tale type of story. The only reason to have the brothers and sisters coming to the rescue was to have the scene with the wolf riding the out of control ten-seater bicycle.


Don't get into a stranger's van, even if they're selling ice cream.

Prance, prance, I'm the Lord of the Forest!

Maybe the king needs to be taught a lesson, but The Lord of the Forest just gets to do whatever he wants because he's magical.


Don't be a jerk or you might turn your daughter into a cabbage.

Feelgood story where hard work pays off.

There's no deus ex machina, contrived kind of stuff here like many children's books have, which is great.


If you're good at something, it doesn't matter who you are. You don't have to be a specific kind of person to be good at something.