Ever Clever Eva by Andrew Fusek Peter is the latest in The White Wolves series of books, published by A&C Black, London, are a brilliant collection of readers featuring three styles of story – Myths, Legends and Traditional Stories, Stories from Different Cultures, and Playscripts.
This book by prolific author Andrew Fusek Peters falls into the Different Cultures category, and is an engaging, modern retelling of a traditional Czech tale.
It’s so lovely to hear the retelling of any classic folk or fairytale, especially one that is unknown to most, and especially one that is so humorously and cleverly told. The gist of this tale has many layers, and Fusek Peters manages to tell it evenly, clearly and with much entertainment. It’s clear that this is a tale he’s familiar with.
Eva, the daughter of a poor but good man, goes to work for her rich but rather despicable uncle. When her uncle cheats her out of wages, Eva’s father takes his brother to court, with positive results… thanks to Ever Clever Eva and her witty and wise ways. This makes such an impression on the Judge, he makes her his wife. But Eva’s clever ways don’t end there.
Aimed at Year 5 students, this is a delightful and rich tale, nicely scattered with Teresa Murfin’s scribbly, Quentin-Blake-esque ink illustrations – a style kids will enjoy. At 80 pages, it’s also a book that is brief yet detailed enough to hold the attention of any fifth grader… and folk-tale loving parent.
Fusek Peters has also written The Story Thief for A&C Black, and over 70 other children’s books. Read more about him at www.tallpoet.com.
Ever Clever Eva by Andrew Fusek Peters is published by A&C BLACK (distributed by Allen & Unwin) and is available now at book retailers for AU$14.99 recommended retail price.