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SEVEN AT ONE BLOW by Eric A. Kimmel


adapted by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1998
ISBN: 0-8234-1383-7
Publisher: Holiday House

A lucky swipe earns a fearsome reputation for a tailor in search of fame and fortune in this tale from the Brothers Grimm. Wearing a sash that boldly claims he killed seven in “one blow,” the plucky adventurer uses his cunning and ingenuity to win the hand of a princess by overcoming a series of challenges set by the king. Kimmel’s version highlights the cockiness of the confident young tailor and the single-mindedness of his quest. Lloyd’s illustrations, especially her giants, ogres, and wild beasts, are satisfyingly ferocious and emphasize the difference in size between the tailor and his foes. Children will enjoy the surface story; older readers will either wonder whether a man who believes his own lies will make a good ruler, or take heart from the tailor’s swaggering path to success. (Picture book. 4-8)