Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude

Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude

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Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2005.
ISBN: 9780802789471
0802789471
Characteristics: [30] pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Heyer, Carol 1950-
Goto, Scott

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The other day I was thinking about telling stories to a mixed group of children. Many stories are aimed at either girls or boys, but how about a story which appeals to both? Although there are many non-gender specific options, I found two fun books which intentionally mix the common gender stereotypes of boys’ and girls’ stories. These books are great stories in their own right, as well as interesting comments on mixed-up storytelling and gender stereotyping.

Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

How can Daddy keep both his daughter and son interested in their bedtime story? By creating a princess who drives a monster truck, and a unicorn who defeats space aliens with cupcakes. The energetic illustrations compliment the enthusiastic storytelling, both of the father and of the author.

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

Image result for once upon a cool motorcycle dudeAimed at a slightly older audience, in this story a preteen girl and boy take turns narrating their story. The princess turns out to rock, and the cool motorcycle dude resigns himself to becoming a prince as they save the world together. The disparate illustration styles mirror the different storytelling voices, and the ending will bring a smile to everyone’s face. (Submitted by Rebecca).

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 6-8. Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who were supposed to tell their favourite fairy tale to the class for a library project, but they couldn’t agree on a story. Argue, argue, argue. Should a princess who loves ponies or a cool muscle dude who loves motorcycles win the day? You chose.

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owlknight29
Jul 23, 2015

Boy vs Girl
Very funny book, really enjoyed it.
Perfect for the brothers and sisters of the family

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red_leopard_128
Jul 12, 2014

awsome

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EileenH1
Jun 24, 2014

It's a really funny book! I like how it's kids telling a story within the story.

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HeatherHunter
Jun 04, 2013

Didn't make a lot of sense. I had trouble understanding this one.

Rachiecakes Apr 20, 2013

I read this one to a group of Kindergarteners and grade 1 students for a story time outreach. They LOVED it. I kept them involved by asking the kids which story development they prefered: the girl's or the boy's. The illustrations are marvelous - and though the distinctions between the male and female traits of the story are stereotypical...there is a reason! :) Boys will be boys...and they know it, and to my delight, are excited about it. And vice versa.

forbesrachel Jan 13, 2013

There are a lot of contrasts in this story: the contrast between the tales illustrations and the cartoonish narrators, a cute girls story to a cool boys, a tale of woo to that of a battle royale, etc. Because of the interaction of the two though, the narrators start to incorporate the other elements into their stories to make one silly mash up of a fairy tale!

jeffsaunt Aug 29, 2011

Great book for families with a girl and a boy twins or close in age. Very funny.

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SaHa
Jul 10, 2011

i liked the boy and girl and boy had to work together.

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Nov 17, 2014

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