Like many good fables, this story opens with a foundling left - rather inconveniently, if not surprisingly - in the woods.
A large lizard, ever conscious of tripping hazards, picks up the infant and takes her home, where she soon grows into a pretty, pampered, and generally useless young woman named Isabella. Despite her adoptive mother's efforts (for the lizard is really a witch in disguise) to shape her up, the girl prefers the alluring life offered her by the charming Prince Rupert, a world of cooks and servants, palaces and jewels, luxury and indolence.
Luckily, the lizard woman is a canny, concerned parent. She does not suffer fools lightly and is not about to let her daughter's too-easy transition to palace life go unchallenged. And so she arranges a surprise transformation for her daughter - one that puts the prince's marital plans on hold and gives the witch just enough time to hammer home a few lessons about the downside of idleness, the inanity of vanity, and the satisfactions of self-reliance.
"Rich storytelling and intricately imagined artwork make this debut a standout... Isabella is lovely but lazy, and her lizard/sorceress mother gives her the head of a goat when she becomes engaged to Prince Rupert... Sharpe's retelling maintains a smart, modern tone throughout... A must for anyone who would rather be a sorceress than a princess." -- Starred Review "Publisher's Weekly (Dec. 09)"
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
For Grades: 1 - 4
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.7 x 20.6 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.41