The books this week take an unexpected spin and sometimes hilarious twist on traditional tales.
Cactus Soup by Eric A. Kimmel
During the Mexican Revolution, when a troop of hungry soldiers comes to a town where all the food has been hidden, they charm the townspeople into helping make a soup from water and a cactus thorn.
The Three Silly Girls Grubb  by John and Ann Hassett.
Skippity-skip-skip. One after the other, three silly sisters skip over a bridge on their way to school. But before she can cross to safety, each sister must face Ugly-Boy Bobby, a bully who hides in a hole beneath the bridge. Ugly-Boy Bobby was "the kind of boy who ate bugs, tossed stones at cats, and drank from puddles-the muddier the better." But even a boy like Bobby hungers for something other than bugs and mud puddles from time to time. What he craves the most are jelly donuts, the very ones each sister carries in her lunch! Just when it seems that Ugly-Boy Bobby will stop at nothing to get those donuts, the biggest sister turns the tables on him with just one simple, little request . . . Zany illustrations, full of fun details to discover, enliven this humorous take on the classic children's story, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff."
The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers  by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
The Gingerbread Girl, who once escaped the fox that devoured her brother, must now try to save from a similar fate the animal crackers she received as a birthday gift.
The Runaway Tortilla  by Eric A. Kimmel
In this Southwestern version of the Gingerbread Man, a tortilla runs away from the woman who is about to cook him.
The Jalapeno Man  by Debbie Leland
Will anyone be able to catch the jalapeno man.
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes  by Margie Palatini
The grapes are tantalizing and juicy...and high up the tree. But don't worry, Fox is sly and clever, and he has a plan. First, he'll get Bear to give him a boost. Then, he'll get Beaver to give him an oomph. He's sure to be eating grapes in no time at all. Margie Palatini brings us a hilarious twist on the classic Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Grapes," and Barry Moser's expressive illustrations are priceless!