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Review of "Ugly" by Donna Jo Napoli

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by Donna Jo Napoli

Hyperion Book CH
$5.99 Suggested Retail Price

Donna Jo Napoli revisits the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Ugly Duckling" by setting it in Tasmania and embellishing the original with a host of new characters from that region. It's a charming story still, of course, told with great empathy for the poor duckling who doesn't seem to fit in. Ms. Napoli revamps the story to be told in the voice of Ugly himself, and aims it at slightly older children (ages 9-12) with details of the new animals and their Australian habitat. Nicely done.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our September, 2008 issue.

See our reviews of other works by Donna Jo Napoli that you might enjoy:

Rocky: The Cat Who Barks
by Donna Jo Napoli, Marie Kane, Tamara Petrosino
Dutton Juvenile
ISBN: 0-525-46544-8

This is an excellent book to read to the very young. They will love Rocky the dog who has just moved into a new house where there are a couple of bratty kids and five mean kitty-cats…[more]

Mogo, the Third Warthog
by Donna Jo Napoli
Hyperion Book CH
ISBN: 978-142310816-0

This time, Donna Jo Napoli takes "The Three Little Pigs" and moves them to Africa where we meet Mogo the warthog and his two brothers, Mathani and Kebiro…[more]

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