Previously

by Allan Ahlberg / illustrated by Bruce Ingmanpreviously
{ 2007 | Candlewick | 32 pgs }

Previously tells several different folk tales and fairy tales, each starting at the end of the story and working backwards. Ahlberg tries to weave the stories together, although in 32 pages it comes out feeling very rushed. The illustrations are ok, though not spectacular. I did like the bright colors. However, I was altogether disappointed with the book. It was a fantastic idea, but not well executed.

Tweet: Previously Ahlberg had a killer children’s book idea, and previously I thought the book would be good. Sadly, we were both wrong.

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