July 15, 2015
Dear as Salt
by Rafe Martin
illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka
One day, a king became angry because he thought that his daughters didn't love him. His eldest daughter said she loved him as dear as bread, his middle daughter said she loved him as dear as wine, but Zizola, his youngest daughter, said she loved him as dear as salt. Incensed, he wants her dead, but Zizola's mother hides her in a giant candlestick shaped like a rooster.
The similarity to King Lear is obvious, except that this version is definitely stranger. Yet it's also more delicious, and with a happier ending!
A surprising, enjoyable read.