So begins David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski's wacky original fairy tale The End, which traces the courtship of a handsome knight and a beautiful princess . . . backwards! Before you reach the beginning, you'll meet a temperamental giant, a beleaguered cook, a dragon who's scared of bunny rabbits, an oversized tomato, and an impish figure on a flying pig who just might be the cause of all the madness. It's a conventionally perfect and perfectly unconventional take on the fairy tale — guaranteed to convert the Grimmest reader to giggles.
* "The reversed narrative, hilarious turn-of-the-page plot twists and bright, comical, precisely drawn art add up to an uncommonly clever outing that invites reading—in either direction." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "LaRochelle keeps the plot simple, the better to trace the inverted order, and leaves the excitement to the intertwining images. Egielski illustrates in buoyant hues of royal blue, scarlet, daffodil yellow and white..." — Publishers Weekly, starred review