by Eric Maddern and Paul Hess
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books 2009
Price: RM 35.40
This is a Swedish folktale retold by Maddern. A traveler asks a sour old woman in the forest for shelter, and is given a space on the floor in a grudging manner. However, he charms his hostess by telling her he'll make nail soup - and then persuades her step by step to cook for him.
What's nice is that this story can be read as a funny tale or a moral one. Also, the illustrations are bold and striking. I think I would have liked this when I was little; it's worth checking out.