Fairy Tales Audio CD – Audiobook, Jan 4 2007
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This is a delightful collection of stories full of magic and typically zany Terry Jones inventiveness--silly King Rupert who poured lemonade down his trousers, or the selfish little Corn Dolly who insinuates herself into the farmer's favourite chair. Of course there's a line-up of awesome monsters, one with a thousand teeth, and an innocent lyricism in stories such as Why Birds Sing in the Morning. They all have endings that make young listeners think: In The Glass Cupboard robbers take endless gold out of the fragile cupboard until finally they break it into a million pieces and are killed by the mountain of gold. "If only they had put something back, they would be alive today," muses the King. Although it was originally recorded in 1982, this audio book was released for the first time in August 2000. With an all-star cast including Terry Jones himself, as well as Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren, Fairy Tales has the timeless quality of the very best children's stories. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
'The whole family will ... not want to turn off. My recommended favourite of the season.' -- Angela MacPherson BOOKSELLER 'These highly inventive, delightful stories are to be reissued on CD. Hurrah! All the ingredents of good stories are there - fantasy, humour, morality, magic, silliness and mystery. Don't miss them.' -- Angela MacPherson PUBLISHING NEWS 'agreeably quirky... What a lucky (and topical) find.' -- Sue Arnold THE GUARDIAN 'well-told tales ... tailor-made fro bedtime reading.' -- Simon Evans Park & Holiday Homes 'hilarious stories... a side-splitting cast each reading a separate story in their own characteristic way.' www.writeaway.org.uk 'a resplendent roll-call of narrators: the irresistible Joan Greenwood ("Dahling!"), rough-and-tough Bob Hoskins, calming Helen Mirren and tweedy Michael Hordern.' -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMESSee all Product Description
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A farmer friend of Tim O'Leary met a goblin who claimed to be Tim. The goblin said that if the farmer would retrieve a witch's treasure, he would turn back into Tim. After undergoing a horrible ordeal, the farmer retrieves the treasure and the goblin steals it away. Disappointed with the loss, the farmer heads home and meets Tim. He explains how he parted with the riches. Tim comforts and thanks him for sacrificing the money. Tim reminds him that all the treasure isn't worth the friendship they have.
The other fairy tales follow suit, and give new life to the realm of fantasy. New twists wrapping Corn Dollies, rainbow cats, and magic wine give the reader a world to explore. Those parents exhausted of sending their children to sleep nightly with the same glass slipper and big bad wolf should seriously consider a new collection of the freshest fairy tales since Grimm.
If you have kids, this is a MUST HAVE. It will stay with them for years. I still read it!
Regardless, I was reminded of this book this afternoon by a passing comment about a fly-by-night outfit that contacted me about working for them. In a moment of free association, I suddenly remembered Terry Jones' story about the Fly-By-Night. The memory transported me suddenly back nearly 25 years to a time when my daughter would bring me this book and ask me to read about the fly-by-night and about brave Molly.
I came home this evening, retrieved the book from my youngest son's bookshelf (he's now 14), and started reading. The stories are as fresh and fun now as they were when I sat with my daughter (now in her mid-20's) reading them for the first time. It is my intent to sit and read through the book again, savoring both the stories and the memories of the stories as I do.
These are off-the-wall, fun, and memorable and I recommend them for both adults and children. Even the stories that are a little scary are still simply amazing. This book has stood the test of (my) time, at least.