Fairy/Folk/Tall Tale

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THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING by Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)

The Mysterious Howling is a re-read for me. I didn’t really care for it  in 2010 when I first read it upon its initial publication. So why would I re-read a book I didn’t like in the first place? One of the hosts of a bookish podcast I listen to (Currently Reading–which I HIGHLY recommend) … Continue reading

SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker

I picked up Scary Stories for Young Foxes on two different occasions at the library in 2019 and put it back on the shelf. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t interested. When I saw it had been named a 2020 Newbery Honor Book I was still skeptical but decided I would make an effort to … Continue reading


I unashamedly enjoy the Life of Zarf books! Troll Overboard is the third in the Life of Zarf series. This time Zarf the Troll and his best friends, Kevin Littlepig (always beset with anxiety) and Chester (a spectacularly UNfunny jester-in-training who relies on awful puns and Knock-Knock jokes), head out to sea with Zarf’s grandfather, … Continue reading

GRUMBLES FROM THE FOREST by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich Illustrated by Matt Mahurin

Grumbles From The Forest: Fairy Tale Voices With a Twist is a collection of poetry.  The Dear Readers letter at the beginning of the book clearly spells out the authors’ intentions:  using some of the most well-known Western fairy tales they are going to re-imagine each one through a poet’s eyes, juggling different–sometimes unexpected–perspectives. The structure … Continue reading

AFTER THE FALL by Dan Santat

This has been on my TBR list since it was published in 2017. I am SO thrilled I finally made the time to read it.  After The Fall is a rewarding reading experience beyond what I anticipated. This is the continuation of what happened after the traditional Humpty Dumpty rhyme ends–told by Humpty Dumpty himself. After … Continue reading


The only thing disappointing about this book is that I didn’t discover it while my kids were younger! We loved Tedd Arnold’s  Fly Guy and Parts series and they remain on my bookshelves today. I happened to see this in the library picture books as I was looking for another title and snatched it up … Continue reading

FALLING FOR RAPUNZEL by Leah Wilcox Illustrated by Lydia Monks

Lately I have been completely occupied with directing a couple of fractured fairy tales for the stage with young actors (6th – 9th grade). Fractured fairy tales or interesting fairytale retellings are one of my favorite things so I thought I would share one of my long-time favorites today. Falling For Rapunzel is one of … Continue reading


I was excited to come across Straw Into Gold on the library shelves. I have loved fairytales since I was a little girl. By the time I was six years old I had read through the huge volume The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm multiple times.  I am thrilled to find clever new retellings of classic … Continue reading

THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE by Brian Farrey….A 2020 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse is a perfect example of why I adore the Maud Hart Lovelace awards.  I always try to read all of the nominees before the school year starts so I can speak intelligently about them when students or parents ask me.  I have discovered more than one gem among the nominees … Continue reading


A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.  The main character is Harper, a young girl in the 21st century.  Harper lives with cerebral palsy, her father is gone, her mother is terminally ill and her brother now seems to be participating in increasingly sketchy situations.  Rhen is … Continue reading