As Luck Would Have It by Robert D. San SouciAs Luck Would Have It by Robert D. San Souci

As Luck Would Have It

byRobert D. San SouciIllustratorDaniel San Souci

Hardcover | June 6, 2008

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A whimsical retelling of a Grimm classic!When Mama and Papa Bear go to look after Grandmother, they leave Jonas and Juniper in charge of the household. The bear twins take their instructions a little too literally, leading to a cascade of domestic mishaps, including the theft of their family fortune. Determined to recover it before their parents return home, the endearing siblings unleash pandemonium when the stumble on the robbers' hideout. In this tribute to the Brothers Grimm, Robert D. San Souci recasts the characters from their story "Clever Elsie" but retains the original's celebrations of the absurd and endearing folly. Daniel San Souci's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations capture Jonas and Juniper's good intentions and flawed logic with humor and appreciation. This family-centered story teaches readers about sharing and responsibility.
Robert San Souci Bio: Robert San Souci, who was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga, knew at an early age he wanted to be a writer. His award-winning books were often spirited retellings of folk tales, fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. In an interview, he co...
Title:As Luck Would Have ItFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.38 × 8.96 × 0.36 inPublished:June 6, 2008Publisher:August HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0874838339

ISBN - 13:9780874838336


Editorial Reviews

The Grimm Brothers' tale of Clever Elsie is set here on a farm, where twin anthropomorphic bears Jonas and Juniper are left in charge while their parents go to care for their sick grandmother. They are warned not to touch the money hidden in the cellar. Careless Jonas leaves the oxen alone plowing the field, where they make a mess. Equally thoughtless Juniper leaves the sausages cooking while she goes to draw some cider, and then leaves the keg open to chase the dog that has run away with the meat. Meanwhile, the cider has run all over the floor. To "tidy up," the witless girl dumps flour all over it. Meanwhile, Jonas tries to rescue the oxen that have fallen into the pond. They break the barrier open, causing the fields to flood. Silly Juniper then loses all their cheeses. When peddlers arrive selling pots, she lets them "touch" the money in the cellar, which of course they steal. How the foolish pair manage to catch the thieves and fix everything before their parents return makes for a humorous ending. The front-end pages show a street scene with the story title on a theater marquee, while the ones at the end show the characters performing on the stage. San Souci's watercolors with Prismacolor pencil highlights emphasize character and dramatic action. The naive youngsters are a contrast with the scurvy villains, fox and pig, while all are naturalistically attired in a country setting.