Sunday 1 February 2009

The Devil Said Ouch by: Natalie Babbitt

The Devil Said Ouch
Natalie Babbitt

Harper Collins Canada

ISBN 9780062050663

This is a cute retelling of one of Grimm's tales. It is about a boy born with a birth mark that foretells he will be a king.

The current king tries to get rid of him three times. The final is the quest to get three of the devil's golden hairs. He is helped by the ferryman, and the devil's own Grandmother, who not only protects him, but gets him the hairs and a treasure chest.

He then tricks the King into getting trapped as the ferryman. All the others live happily every after. A fantastic novelette.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)

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