Princess Elizabeth uses her distinctly independent judgment to face a Dragon and her betrothed.
Princess Elizabeth's castle is destroyed by a dragon that also kidnaps her betrothed. She sets out to rescue the Prince. A smart judge of character, she manipulates the dragon by appealing to his vanity, to rescue Prince Ronald. Watch out for the surprise ending! The bold illustrations successfully convey the Elizabeth's bold character ...& the fun!
The love a mother shows her son becomes rather odd as he matures, but her love is both returned and 'passed on' to her grandchildren.
A new mother rocks her son and sings him the "Love You Forever" verse. Throughout his life she slips into his room to rock him and sing. When she is too old it is he who holds her and sings. Moved, he returns home to rock and sing to his baby daughter. The sentimental understanding is too much to impose on children, and is marred by Munsch's humor by exaggerated behavior.
Andrew learns the trouble it causes when he falsely communicates a need to pee, then wets himself.
Munsch takes a little boy's look at the trouble Andrew causes when he keeps saying he doesn't have to go pee, and then wets himself. The illustrations exaggerate the parents' frustrated behaviors. The focus on bodily functions and silly adults is certainly humorous to the under ten age group, but what is that really worth?
Everybody has "seventeen" unlikely reasons not to take a baby that Robin found, except for the whimsy of a trucker, who takes the baby and leaves his truck.
Robin pulls a 'murmelling' baby out of a hole in the sand box (Huh?). She asks several unlikely, and stereotypical, people if they need a baby, and answers their rather silly questions. Three have seventeen unlikely things associated with them: diaper salesmen, cats, jobs. The businessman is portrayed as only interested in grasping money. Finally a truck driver just wants a baby, and leaves Robin his truck. Why? We are given no idea.
Lonely Millicent finds a companion and protector in The Wind, but is not happy until a real playmate is blown to her.
Millicent is wistfully alone in her alpine home, until the day The Wind befriends her. Later, when she is harassed by village children, it bowls over her tormentors. Millicent asks The Wind for a real friend, and an unquestioning boy is blown(!) to her home. The fine illustrations are airy & wistful. Since The Wind is not her imagination, the story portrays companionship as fundamental need for happiness. Unfortunately, companionship becomes a substitute for Millicent's purposelessness. The mood of the story is unusual for Munsch, and has a definite appeal.
A five year old flies, then crashes, a commercial airliner –and then grows up to be a pilot.
Five year old Angela searched the airport for her father. She saw an open plane and explored it. Pushing the pretty buttons in the cockpit resulted in the plane flying up over the airport. Obeying radio directions she landed it, but so roughly it fell to pieces. Unharmed she grew up to be a pilot. If there is any theme here, it is that whim has no consequences.
Dad sleeps in absurd conditions, including outside in the very cold.
"Jason woke up. He heard a sound." Each time he woke he would find his father sleeping in a new absurd location: the bathtub, top of the fridge, and roof of the car. The story gets more absurd when Jason rescues his father from the -50 degree outdoors. There is a slight twist to the ending. ValuedMinds holds that valuable stories can be fun and have thematic value. This does not.