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?
Welcome to Day #4 of the Big Book Adventure Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and illustrated by Tim Warnes on September 4th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Emily and Tim, plus 5 chances to win a copy of The Big Book Adventure and a Canterbury … Continue reading The Big Book Adventure – #giveaway and #blogtour
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
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….
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
I am often shocked at how good books aimed at kids are these days. The one area that is still struggling, but getting better all the time, is books aimed at young readers who are quite strong. These are often considered transitional books and will have fewer pages and sometimes contain some pictures. So when … Continue reading The Adventures of Alfie Onion
At the beginning of summer one of our local libraries held an event where the children saw books about fairy and gnome houses and then were able to make them themselves. It was a marvelous activity that really got their creative juices flowing. The houses were made with all natural items and intended to be … Continue reading Finding Fun in Fairy Houses
My younger daughter's current favorite book is the Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes and Princesses. We are big fans of the Illuustrated Stories series in general because of their gorgeous illustrations and ability to take well known stories and bring them to younger audiences at an age appropriate level (Shakespeare for an 8 year old!). … Continue reading Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses
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
I love taking a look at different versions of well known fairy tales. While the originals are a force to be reckoned with, there is such a wealth of creativity when authors dream up alternate versions of stories that we know by heart. Recently, we decided to take a look at a wide variety of … Continue reading A Gathering of Goldies