A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients. But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything? Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over the old standby of “Sleeping Beauty” and presto! It reappears, transformed, sparkling and hilarious. Chuckles and giggles are guaranteed.
<p>Gail Carson Levine’s first book for children, <em>Ella Enchanted</em>, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other books include <em>Ever</em>, a <em>New York Times</em> bestseller; <em>Fairest</em>, a Best Book of the Year for <em>Publishers Weekly</em> and <em>School Library Journal</em>, and a <em>New York Times</em> bestseller; <em>Dave at Night</em>, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; <em>The Wish</em>; <em>The Two Princesses of Bamarre</em>; <em>A Tale of Two Castles</em>; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books <em>Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly</em> and <em>Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink</em>, as well as the picture books <em>Betsy Who Cried Wolf</em> and <em>Betsy Red Hoodie</em>. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.</p>
Mark Elliott has a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of book covers, and his work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Guild. Mark lives on a sheep farm in the Hudson Valley region of New York.