Project Description

Session Description

A fairy tale is a story, often intended for children, that features fanciful and wondrous characters such as elves, goblins, wizards, and even, but not necessarily, fairies. The term “fairy” tale seems to refer more to the fantastic and magical setting or magical influences within a story, rather than the presence of the character of a fairy within that story. Fairy tales are often traditional; many were passed down from story-teller to story-teller before being recorded in books.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a fairy tale?
  • What is the lesson to The King of Too Many Things tale?

King Jasper can order his wizard to conjure up anything at all: dragons, robots, superheroes, even rainbow-colored kittens–which leads to a magical mess only he can clean up.

A hilarious, modern fairy tale, The King of Too Many Things will keep readers guessing with the turn of every page, while showing how always wanting more can ultimately lead to less happiness.

The King of Too Many Things

Fun Activity Sheets

Directions:  Every Book Talk session has “Fun Activities” that you can download, print and share.  The activity sheets include coloring, observing, building and learning.  Some of the activities are tied to the book or topic of the session, others are not.  Either way, it is my hope that you will have FUN!

Download and print one or more of these sheets.  Then using markers or crayons, decorate the sheet.  Next, create a brief story based on the picture (or pictures) you colored.  Finally, share your picture or story with Steve at:  steve@amazingbooktalks.com/amazinglibrary

Coloring Sheet King
Coloring Sheet Another King
Coloring Sheet Treasure Chest

Observation activities are designed to get you thinking outside the box.  It is my hope that you will see things in a new way, with a different perspective.  The skill of observing is helpful in reading as well as life.

Observation Sheet – How Many Arrows

Building Sheets are designed to get you involved in making something with your hands.  In this session you will create an illusion called the Vanishing Square using cardstock and scissors.  Have fun!


Building Activity – Vanishing Square

Download and print the sheet below.

Create a Fairy Tale – Use your imagination!
Needs or Wants 

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Slap Dash Magic trick.  Next, download and print the Magic Fun Sheet below.  This sheet provides written instructions for the trick in the video as well as a couple of bonus activities.  The video and the fun sheet are from my Amazing Magic Camp.  If you would like to learn more magic tricks or if you ever wanted to take magic lessons consider signing up for for this unique virtual camp.


Slap Dash


Slap Dash Solution

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Other Online Resources

Crazy, Mixed Up and Modern day Fairy Tales
Until recently, most fairy tales were classic stories told and retold from an age gone by.  In addition to new “modern” fairy tales, a number of imaginative authors have written funny and sometimes crazy variations of the old favorites.

Here are a couple of examples:

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.


This fantastic split page, spiral bound book allows the reader to mix and match different combinations of fairy tales with hilarious results. What would happen if Goldilocks had two horrid stepsisters and fell asleep for a hundred years? Would she be woken by a hungry wolf or Little Red Riding Hood’s Granny?


In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”


Of course, the story from my book talk is not a fairytale.  It is a true story you can read with an important message of giving, kindness and sharing.

Using rhymes and bright, whimsical pictures, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand tells a sweet, true story of a little girl named Alex. Faced with a problem, she comes up with a plan—she will sell lemonade from a lemonade stand. This story shows how the small act of one person can have an impact on many people.