Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

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 Adventures of Alfie Onion

I am often shocked at how good books aimed at kids are these days. The one area that is still struggling, but getting better all the time, is books aimed at young readers who are quite strong. These are often considered transitional books and will have fewer pages and sometimes contain some pictures. So when … Continue reading The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Finding Fun in Fairy Houses

At the beginning of summer one of our local libraries held an event where the children saw books about fairy and gnome houses and then were able to make them themselves. It was a marvelous activity that really got their creative juices flowing. The houses were made with all natural items and intended to be … Continue reading Finding Fun in Fairy Houses

Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

My younger daughter's current favorite book is the Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes and Princesses. We are big fans of the Illuustrated Stories series in general because of their gorgeous illustrations and ability to take well known stories and bring them to younger audiences at an age appropriate level (Shakespeare for an 8 year old!). … Continue reading Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

Twelve Terribly Active Princesses…a New Take on an Old Tale

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

A Gathering of Goldies

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

An Interview with Queen Girls

This spring, Queen Girls Publications will be distributing their first picture book featuring brand new fairy tales based on real women. The concept behind their books is to give girls a positive view of life and help them envision their dreams as possible. This is the reason  their stories are based on real women. As … Continue reading An Interview with Queen Girls