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Natalie Babbitt - author of such children's classics as Tuck Everlasting and The Search for Delicious - turns her attention to the Brothers Grimm in this delightful retelling of their Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren ("The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs"). When a baby is born with a birthmark in the shape of a crown, and it is foretold that he will marry a princess, the local king sets out to prevent such a thing. But none of his skullduggery - from tossing the baby into a rive...
A baby is born with a crown shaped mark and everyone believes he'll one day be king, the current king however has another idea and tries to thwart the boy. A children's tale of adventure and tricking the Devil.Based on a Grimm fairytale, but not one that I remember. I love children's stories that involve Hell and the Devil and Babbitt loves to write them. A short but sweet story about how you can't change fate.
I love that Satan's grandmother is sitting around Hell helping people. Fabulous illustrations
One of the Grimm's fairytales that is not well known, I enjoyed this tale. Written in a humorous fashion, the story is almost comedic. Refreshing, it isn't the usual doom and gloom.When a baby is born to a poor family, they note a crown like birthmark on his tiny butt. Believing this is a sign of great future. and that their son will marry a princess and become part of royalty, their hope is temporarily thwarted when the king learns of the birth. In disguise, he tells the parents he will raise t...
Ouch! Which is a Grimm's tale retold and I am obsessed with the Grimms Fairytales. The book is about a young man was considered "a nobody" who was born with a crown as a birthmark, destined to marry the princess. The king did everything in his power to make sure the young man doesn't marry the princess, when he finds out the young man married his daughter he made a deal with the young man that if he plucked "three golden hairs" from the devil he could marry the princess. He managed to get the th...
I chose this book because it is a good story retold from a traditional tale. It is definitely a book that can keep students engaged and interested during the lesson. I think that there can be plenty of opportunities for group discussion after reading this book.
Clever and unpredictable tale with wonderful illustrations.
Liked the resolution of the story. 🤴 + 👸 + 😈 = 👍🏼
Challenged/Banned for dealing with Hell
What a hilarious surprise! This is a delightfully droll retelling of a Grimm story, with fantastic illustrations.
Interesting retelling of a Grimm’s tale. Have not heard of the original. Witty and humorous end. Good book for having students connect events to be able to infer what will happen.
A funny take on an old tale
A funny title for an obscure story, Ouch! takes “The Devil and the Three Golden Hairs” from Grimm and gives it a touch of whimsy and charm. With its little-known original story (who needs yet another re-tooling of “Sleeping Beauty”?) and a deceptive cover that looks like it’s from “Jack and the Beanstalk”, Ouch! is both unknown and very familiar. The story also omits two of the dilemmas the boy has to unravel, shortening it and neatly tightening the drama.Like many fairy tales, this is the story...
Personal Reaction - I really like this book because of the colorful illustrations and contrasting facial expressions. The illustrator used many colors to indicate the character's movements and facial expressions. Especially, through their contrasting facial expressions, children can figure out each character's personality. For example, Marco always has bright colors on her face and clothes and smile. It indicates that he has positive personalities. However, the king has narrow eyes and wear dark...
Ouch! by Natalie Babbit was interesting. She's the author of The Terrible Things, which is an allegory of the Holocaust (for those who aren't sure what an allegory is, it's a story that can be interpreted as having hidden meanings - usually historical, philosophical, ethical, or political. Babbit told her story using animals to illustrate an adult concept of the Holocaust. Animals are supposedly thought to be less frightening to kids and this approach might ease a child into a concept like the H...
This is a retelling of one of Grimm's fairytales. It is about a common boy who is born with a birthmark in the shape of a crown which foreshadows his future of marrying a princess. Once the king becomes aware of this he is relentless in stopping this from happening. He tries to thwart destiny with three obstacles. He tries throwing the boy as an infant into a river but he is rescued; he tries sending the boy to the queen with a letter for him to be killed and lastly he sends the boy to the devil...
Best part: The devil lays down with his head in his grandmother's lap.The illustrations are fun. My daughter was surprised that the devil wasn't red. I like that he appeared to be just a man...with horns, of course.I remember this story, perhaps from an episode of The Storyteller. I enjoyed both versions.
So, why does the Devil's grandmother help Marco? Does he charm her? Does she just want to fuck her with her grandson? I know it's a fairytale, but usually there is a reason the Magic Creature helps the Human. A favor is usually involved, or the Human passes some test the Magical Creature sets up. Here Marco just shows up and bam, grandma's willing to help.
I know I've read the original version (not in German, however) of this fairy tale. I don't remember the crown birthmark or the box in the river. I do remember the ferryman, the grandmother, and the three gold hairs. This story is delightful, but it does not quite pack the punch of the original. The illustrations are also delightful.
A retelling of a Grimm story I'm not familiar with. Great pictures, goes well with the text, very engaging. Interesting portrayal of Hell/devil--not really that scary, and apparently the devil lives with his grandmother.
A weak retelling. It both omits aspects and slightly alters details for the worse. Pictures are OK, but not outstanding. Try The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs instead.
Retelling of a lesser known tale from Grimm. Nicely illustrated by Fred Marcellino.Age Range: 1 and up Lexile Measure: AD510L
This is usually described as a less well-known tale from the Grimm ones, but I remember liking it from the days I spent poring over the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. I very much like the retelling, and the pictures are comic.
I had never heard this Tale from Grimm before. I quite enjoyed it!
I love when those Grimms bring the actual devil into their stories.
Fun story. We had to switch some words around to make it toddler friendly.
borinjg and not good because it has the devil in it
The devil has a grandmother! And she's got little horns! Amazing!