Curly Tales: Short Stories with a Twist
Big Sky Publishing, 2017
130pp., pbk., RRP $A12.99
A worm who wants to be an anaconda, an elephant that won’t do tricks, a gorilla named Harry Hairybutt… these are among the memorable characters that The Simple Things author Bill Condon has created in these 14 animal-based short stories that will appeal to the young emerging reader transitioning to novels.
Each is based on a familiar proverb but that proverb is twisted to suit the story, and, depending on your opinion of puns, they are clever or dreadful. But each story is very funny and just the right length in a well-spaced font with plenty of illustrations.
At the end there is a glossary of the original proverbs with their actual meaning that introduces them to the reader, enriching their experience with the stories themselves.
Fun and entertaining.