cover image Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott, illus. by Oliver Lake. Holt, $7.99 (26p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9791-7

The Les Petits Fairytales series expands with this ultra-terse version of Sleeping Beauty. No magic curses in this retelling: “Fairies” deliver “Magic Gifts” when the “Princess” is born, and years later the “Spinning Wheel” works its magic, leading to “Bed” and “Sleep.” After “100 Years,” though, a “Kiss” from a “Prince” leads to “Joy” and a “Party.” Like the other books in the series, it’s an economical blend of crisp artwork and bare-bones storytelling. Simultaneously available: The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, and Beauty and the Beast. Ages 1–3. (May)