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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

OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY by Karen Foxlee

There are many things I love about Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.   The description on the book jacket says: In which young Ophelia rescues a magical boy, battles the Snow Queen, and saves the world. This is a perfect summary of the story.  It is an extraordinary mingling of modern-day characters with the fairy tale of … Continue reading

BREADCRUMBS by Ann Ursu…LOVELACE NOMINEE 2014-15

I am torn about my review of Breadcrumbs.  I feel as if I need to write two separate reviews because, unfortunately, this is actually two separate stories.  As this is a local author and I have not yet read her other work (The Cronus Chronicles series) I was looking forward to reading this Lovelace nominee. … Continue reading

THE GRIMM LEGACY by Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy of the title refers to a collection of artifacts held in a very special Repository.  Elizabeth Rue lives with her father and stepmother.  Because her parents are putting her two older stepsisters through college Elizabeth has had to leave the more expensive private school she was attending and transfer to a new–less expensive–school.  … Continue reading

EVER AFTER HIGH: THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS by Shannon Hale

  I usually refuse on principle to read books created in conjunction with the release of coordinated toys like the Ever After High dolls in the Barbie/Monster High aisles of stores.  Due to the fact that this particular series is authored by Shannon Hale  (of Princess Academy, The Goose Girl and Rapunzel’s Revenge fame) made … Continue reading

TURKEY TOT by George Shannon Illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann

Turkey Tot is a  clever re-telling of the classic story The Little Red Hen.  In this version the Little Red Hen is replaced by Turkey Tot and the three uncooperative friends are Chick, Pig and Hen.  Instead of preparing and baking bread Turkey Tot wants the sweet, juicy blackberries in the tree high above their … Continue reading