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?
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
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
Every year as the winter holidays roll around I'm always on the lookout for new Hanukkah books. We of course have our long-time favorites, but finding new books is always a great adventure. Since Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, I wanted to finally get my collection up. While not a new book, Stephanie Spinner's It's … Continue reading Hanukkah Book Roundup 2017
A few years ago I wrote a post called "The Various Tales of Little Red Riding Hood" about retellings of the well known story. It actually gets the most hits of any blog post that I've written. While I'm not on the hunt for more stories about the crimson clad kid, if a great story … Continue reading Little Red & the Very Hungry Lion
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
We read a lot of princess stories. I've been surrounded by princesses and fairies for years. But we have always done a pretty good job of bringing non-traditional princesses into our mix. I always enjoy reading other people's lists of books, so I try to create them myself (when time allows). I've been putting this … Continue reading A Far Cry from a Damsel in Distress
A few years ago I started hearing about the book The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. The book sounded perfect for me - fairy tales, adventure, and strong young characters. I was quickly sucked into the story and when J heard me listening to the audiobook version of book 2, she heard the names … Continue reading Reading and re-reading The Land of Stories