“The One-Stop Story Shop”
One day a knight seeks out a dragon to battle. When he arrives at the dragon’s lair, the knight finds a note that informs him that the dragon is on a two- week vacation. Without a dragon to fight, the knight’s story is stuck. Luckily, he happens upon The One-Stop Story Shop, where characters, plots, wigs, wands, and more are available.
Soon the knight and his ferret sidekick are having different adventures such The Starry-Space-Chase Adventure and The Hold-on-to-Your-Hats Cowboy Adventure. But these tales aren’t quite right. Finally, the knight embarks on an underwater adventure that has everything he wants – a gallant horse, a mysterious cave, treasure, and a terrible beast to fight.
When the dragon returns home early from his vacation ready to battle, the knight realizes that there is a world of stories waiting for him, and declares, “No, thanks!”
This story promotes the creative components of imagination and perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for many reasons: the catchy title that uses alliteration, the overall story that encompasses smaller stories, and the ending twist. But most of all, I enjoyed this book for its clever, unusual fairy tale adventures.
TITLE: The One-Stop Story Shop
AUTHOR: Tracey Corderoy
ILLUSTRATOR: Tony Neal
PUBLISHER: Tiger Tales, 2019
AGE GROUP: 5-7
TOPIC(S): adventure storytelling, fairy tales
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective
1) Make a list of your favorite characters from books, movies, or cartoons. Pick one character to be your main character and one character to be a secondary character. Write an adventure story about them using alternate settings.
2) What elements make up a fairy tale? Pretend you are the main character in a fairy tale of your choice. What things can you use from your life to make your fairy tale a modern day fairy tale? Write your fairy tale adventure.
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To learn more about illustrator Tony Neal, visit: http://tonyneal.co.uk