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"Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears": A Hilarious, Magical Spin on a Classic Tale

Welcome to Fairy Tale Land, where mischief abounds, and no one wreaks more havoc than Sylvia Locke. In David Horn's "Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears," a modern twist on the classic tale of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," readers will be enchanted by this delightful story full of humor, heart, and a dash of sass. The sponsorship for this tour comes from Rockstar Book Tours. With a witty narrator guiding the way and vivid illustrations by Judit Tondora, young readers will fall in love with this whimsical adventure. This book is not just another fractured fairy tale–it’s a magical journey of self-discovery, friendship, and redemption.

Book Banner Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears


My Review


If you're seeking a whimsical, modern twist on a classic fairy tale, "Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears" is a delightful pick. With David Horn's captivating writing and Judit Tondora's charming illustrations, this young middle-grade novel breathes fresh life into the beloved "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" tale.

The narrator, the Wizard of FLOSZ (Fairytale Land Official Security Zone), opens the book with a voice that's both quirky and intriguing, immediately drawing readers into the world of Fairy Tale Land and its stacks of mysteries. Sylvia Locke, the mischievous protagonist, is not your typical heroine. She's got a tough edge, a penchant for trouble, and a habit of terrorizing magical creatures and anyone else who gets in her way.

Despite her harsh exterior, Sylvia's story is about transformation. The tale kicks off with Sylvia breaking into the Bear family's house, where she stumbles upon a magical mirror that changes her fate. The twists and turns of her journey are both humorous and heartwarming, inviting young readers to root for Sylvia even as she stumbles and falls along the way.

The book's lighthearted tone and witty dialogue remind me of the animated feature "Hoodwinked," which similarly reimagines classic tales with a modern, comedic flair. The story's sass and satire are well-balanced, making it a delightful read for children ages seven and up.

The illustrations are the cherry on top of this enchanting story. Judit Tondora's artwork brings the characters and the world of Fairy Tale Land to life, enhancing the reading experience with vivid colors and lively scenes. The visuals complement Horn's engaging narrative, making the book as enjoyable to look at as it is to read.

"Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears" is a fantastic start to the "Tairy Fails" series, promising plenty of laughs and adventures for elementary school kids and early chapter book readers. It's a story about change, friendship, and the possibility of redemption, wrapped up in a fairy tale package that's equal parts familiar and fresh. This delightful retelling is sure to be a hit with young readers, and it's one I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone looking for a fun, engaging story with a dash of magic.



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