Richard Monte is a children's book reviewer who has contributed articles on Poland to the BBC and other magazines. He is married to a Polish wife. He lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Paul Hess was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1961. He went to art college in Sydney and then worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for various companies both in Sydney and London from 1981 to 1991. He has worked as a freelance art director and illustrator since then.
Gr 3-6-Monte has gathered eight beloved stories in this easy-to-read book. In the title story, a fierce dragon ravages the city until the king, with the help of a clever shoemaker, comes up with a solution. Life lessons are taught in a few of the stories, such as "Neptune and the Naughty Fish," a cautionary tale about wanting to be noticed. As with many fairy tales, not everything is gentle, as in "The King Who Was Eaten by Mice." The black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings are amusing and unique. A suitable addition to most fairy-tale and folklore collections.-Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
The stylish funny illustrations are by the highly acclaimed illustrator Paul Hess. Brimming with humour, magic and visual charm, Richard Monte's retellings are a delight for all ages. || This is a charming retelling of these traditional folk stories...Well written and with lots of vivid description, they would also stimulate an older reader. || An excellent book... Hess's stylish illustrations add humour and atmosphere in equal measure. || Although modernised in their language and style of story-telling, the legends still hold the kind of quality that children always look for in fairy tales and folk stories. A perfect introduction to another country' s heritage. || Interesting, well-written, imaginatively illustrated and designed book... there are rich rewards for those who enter the fascinating stories inside. || These seven short folk stories from around Poland are known to every Polish child, and the sparkling and accessible re-tellings will delight all children - start with the story of the Dragon of Krakow in which the threatening dragon is tricked by a shoemaker, and your class will call out for more. || Recommended reading