Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskinby Liesl Shurtliff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: April 9th, 2013 Publisher: Yearling Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retellings, Adventure, Magic, Destiny, Family
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Diamond Comics Distributors First Published: September 20th, 2016 Publisher: Oni Press Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retellings, Lesbian, Fantasy, Humour
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all.Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books First Published: January 30th, 2018 Publisher: Flatiron Books Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dark, Mystery, Fairytales, Family
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong. Continue reading →
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: July 17th, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Magic
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
“The Land of Stories” tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Scholastic Canada Publication Date: October 11th, 2016 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: All Pacing: Super Fast Genres & Themes: Art, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen.
With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: October 4th 2016 Publisher: Little, Brown Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Adventure
Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.
Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Publication Date: May 24th 2016 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age:9+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairytales, Adventure, Friendship, Mystery
There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.
But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Ise’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom. Continue reading →