Favorite fairy tales and songs are featured in new picture books. Science, history and fairy tale unite in Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by John Manders. In this witty riff on ""Sleeping Beauty,"" siblings Humphrey and Albert are reluctant guests at Princess Briar Rose's birthday party. ""The boys' prophecy had come true: This was indeed the world's most boring party.... The princess had been cursed, and the entire court had fallen into a deep sleep."" But along with inventor Daniel Bernoulli, the brothers save the day. .