Villians….which side are you on?

Most kids read fairy tales and fall in love with the princesses and the heroes. They are the main characters after all. So I have found it comical that my younger daughter has a complete fascination with the villains. She wants to learn all about them. She wants to hear their stories from the other … Continue reading Villians….which side are you on?

The Lunar Chronicles

Imagine a futuristic world where there is life on the moon and where cyborg and android life are reality. In the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, that is the world that we enter. Once you've got that part understood, add in characters loosely related to well known fairy tale characters. Put it all together and … Continue reading The Lunar Chronicles

My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

Any reader of this blog knows that we have a fascination with fairy tales. We also really love fractured fairy tales or the notion of taking a look at classic stories and re-imagining them. My 11 year old actually is planning on writing one of her own. So when the #KidLitExchange posted My Rotten Stepbrother … Continue reading My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Liesl Shurtliff is the master at taking a well known fairy tale and giving you a completely different perspective. When Rump first came out, it was such an interesting book and a whole different way to approach a fractured fairy tale, or as she likes to call it, "the (fairly) true story." In Grump (Knopf … Continue reading Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Ava’s Spectacular Spectacles

The other night, my 7 year old asked me to read her a few books that we had on our shelf that we hadn't read yet. For those who don't know, I'm an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books & More, so whenever new books come out, I purchase them, but I don't always find the … Continue reading Ava’s Spectacular Spectacles

Picture Books that Make Math Fun

I will admit, I loved math as a kid. Wait, I loved math after I finally mastered borrowing - for some unknown reason, that was a major challenge for me, enough so that I remember it 30+ years later. But algebra, loved it. So I want my kids to feel comfortable with math and to … Continue reading Picture Books that Make Math Fun

Twelve Terribly Active Princesses…a New Take on an Old Tale

Fractured fairy tales are so much fun. They take an old story that you know quite well and change the characters, setting, points of view, or plot. Sometimes a story needs a little bit of modernizing and sometimes you are just getting a completely different spin on the story. One of the newest in this … Continue reading Twelve Terribly Active Princesses…a New Take on an Old Tale