Tale Spins by Michael Mullin
A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires "The Frog Prince" witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!
My Thoughts: I usually don't read poetry or books that rhyme, but I do enjoy reading spin-offs on fairy tales. Though this one was written as verse poetry, the idea of fairy tales having a twist grabbed my attention. I was very glad that I gave this book a chance because I came to adore it!
This one was perhaps my favorite out of all three stories. It centered with the story of Snow White. Instead of seven dwarves, there were eight. This eighth dwarf was shunned for his weirdness and was locked up underneath the cottage to live the rest of his days.
I loved his character so much even if he was a "creeper." I loved how humor was used as he witnessed Snow White coming to the cottage and how he was stunned by her dumbness and beauty. It had me giggling from beginning to end.
"The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny"
This was my least favorite of the trio but it was still very good. It didn't really center on one fairy tale but it did make reference to a few. Princess Penny sought revenge on her ex-best friend for making her life miserable, and she went to a witch to cast a curse. This witch was the famous one who turned a prince into a frog and another one into a beast.
I did find myself a little confused on some parts but I was still able to enjoy it. I really liked how there was a moral message at the end.
This was a very interesting take on Jack and the Beanstalk. It was set on modern time and Jack was a thief. Jack stole from a doctor and traded the stolen item for some magical beans.
When reading this, I was a bit confused as the story jumped from Jack's point of view to the Doctor's. It was still very engaging because I really wanted to know what was going on. I was very stunned at the end to find out who was the giant and to find out the answers to things that made everything confusing.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book! I was enthralled by it from beginning to end. I found myself having fun with the rhyming and absolutely loved how everything flowed smoothly. It was fast paced and quick to read. I rate it:
About the Author:
Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf"; "The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny"; and "Jack'd". Michael is also the co-author of the successful "Larry Gets Lost" children's book series. His screenplay "Zooing Time" was recognized by the WGA's Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.
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