The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
There once was a good little devil, not a wicked little devil but a good one, and boy was he in a fix!
Instead of doing bad things like forgetting his homework and playing tricks on his teachers, this little devil kept trying to be good. He did all his homework - and sometimes enjoyed it!
His parents were at their wits' end. So the little devil struck out on his own...
Elsewhere in this collection of 13 tales, a naughty pig swallows the North Star, a man battles a hairy frog and young people find nifty ways to overcome greedy kings, unlucky spells and even silly names!
Written by the one of the most successful children's authors in 20th century France, the late Pierre Gripari, these charmingly eccentric French fairytales are guaranteed to win the hearts of English children and are perfect for those with a wicked sense of humour.
Reviews of the book
'A wonderful book. Funny, tender and daft.' David Almond
'Immensely readable…. highly recommended to all parents looking for stories to read aloud to the family, to teachers [and] to young readers with a sense of humour.' Ferelith Hordon, Books for Keeps
'A wonderful collection of stories for children... Would easily give five stars. It is certainly a book to treasure and it will be firmly placed on the keeper shelf.' Bookbabblers
'These stories are wonderfully bizarre; retaining the traditional charm of a fable there is often a strong moral core, devilishly decorated with warmth and humour.' We Love This Book
About the author
Pierre Gripari was born in 1925 in Paris and studied at the prestigious Louis-le-Grand Lycée. He tried his hand at various jobs, including the army but resigned in 1957 to become a writer.
It was not until the 1970s that he became famous, with the publication of his Contes de la rue Broca, translated in this collection.
About the illustrator
Puig Rosado was born in Spain on April Fools Day 1931 and his humorous posters, drawings and cartoons have been published in numerous countries across the world.
His illustrations have won many prizes and his work is on display in museums throughout Europe.
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