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THE TWIN PRINCES by Tedd Arnold

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

STRAW INTO GOLD FAIRY TALES RE-SPUN by Hilary McKay

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 by Brigid Kemmerer

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

HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca Gomez Illustrated by Dan Santat

Simply, phenomenal!  Hensel & Gretel:  Ninja Chicks is my favorite in this picture book series so far!  In this version of the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale, Mama has been taken by the evil fox at large in their community.  Hensel & Gretel see the sign advertising the Three Pigs Dojo “Get Empowered, Not Devoured” (read … Continue reading

RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff…LOVELACE Nominee Division I & II 2015-16

Rump is the “true” story of the character Rumplestiltskin (of fairytale fame).  I often use this fairy tale when teaching theatre and am surprised that only about 60% of my students (elementary thru high school age) are familiar with the original story. In the original fairy tale Rumplestiltskin is an odd little man who seems … Continue reading

NIGHTINGALE’S NEST by Nikki Loftin

Nightingale’s Nest is not simply a story; it is an experience.  12-year-old John is going to work with his father this summer.  John’s little sister, Raelynn, died in a tree-climbing accident a year ago.  John’s family used all their available funds (including savings) to pay for Raelynn’s funeral and burial.  They have sold everything of … Continue reading

THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS by Merrie Haskell

The Castle Behind Thorns is a tender, profoundly relevant twist on a fairy and folk tale formula.  After an argument with his father and a plea at a saint’s shrine for peace and understanding between them, Sand awakes in the fireplace of the Castle Behind Thorns. Sand has grown up hearing the stories about the castle:  … Continue reading

CLEMENCY POGUE: FAIRY KILLER by J.T. Petty

Let me start by saying this: Clemency Pogue will not be to everyone’s taste.  It is not appropriate for young children for whom parody, word play and some gross slapstick-esque humor will not yet hit their mark. Clemency’s parents tell all manner of stories.  Clemency listens and absorbs them all.  When her parents go off to work … Continue reading