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A Wolf at the Door: and Other Retold Fairy Tales (Retold Fairy Tales for Younger Readers #1)

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These are not your mother's fairy tales...

Did you ever wonder how the dwarves felt after Snow White ditched them for the prince? Do you sometimes wish Cinderella hadn't been so helpless and petite? Are you ready to hear the Giant's point of view on Jack and his beanstalk? Then this is the book for you.
Thirteen award-winning fantasy and science fiction writers offer up the
ebook, 192 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Instructions for reading this review.

1. This is optional. Go find a copy of A Wolf at the Door.
2. Read "Cinder Elephant" by Jane Yolen. Still opitional.
3. This is not optional. Stand up and do a happy dance while chanting -Jane Yolen Rocks! Jane Yolen Rocks! or Jane Yolen is Golden.

The best story in this collection without a doubt is Yolen's "Cinder Elephant". It is wonderful; it is brillant; it has a wonderful moral. Honestly, it is now my absolute favorite version of Cinderella ever. It is wor
Jun 19, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Right On, Red" by Carly Monardo. Why don't more people write fairy tales like this?
2.5 stars. The average rating was 2.4-ish, so rounding down to 2

As an avid reader of YA and Children's lit, I know how horribly wrong a anthrology of children's short stories can go. Typically, some of the contributors will be adult literature authors, and they'll think, "Children's stories? Easy peasy! All I'll need is 1) A lesson kids need to learn 2) A kid protagonist 3) A plot with stuff that interests kids." However, they come to a complication in the plot and think, "Oh, ok. Luckily I've g
An Odd1
May 28, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fan
From nearly traditional to far from the inspiring base, 13 authors sprout new lives from old hearts. I will seek more, to set individual works on Favorite shelf, from 5* authors met here. I hope an illustrated version comes out, even if tiny, like Angela Barrett's chapter headers in Amy Schlitz's The Night Fairy. However text stimulates imagination enough to visualize ourselves.

1 The Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherman
5* Magical bad luck teaches old lesson in new way. Fun from NYC expert.
Cinderella is plus-sized, Jack's giant's wife tells the bigger side of the story, Hansel and Gretel stumble upon video game store, and Neil Gaiman provides instructions for surviving in a fairy tale: many of the selections from A Wolf at the Door are transparent fairy tale retellings with a single twist or a new setting, be it an ice age or aliens. They may catch the eye, but most of are empty and gimmicky with immature writing styles. There are some exceptions, and Gaiman's poem in particular i ...more
I was disappointed by this book, and didn't find the revamped fairy tales very enjoyable. The tales that followed closely their better known counterparts were acceptable, but brought nothing new to the table.

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Cupof Tea
The stories I liked the best usually had animals as main characters, like Falada: The Goose Girl's Horse, and A Wolf at the Door. Also the more urban fantasy take on smart little girls in The Months of Manhattan and Becoming Charise I liked for the characters. Swans, for the setting, with a castle full of quilts.

I was not a fan of the poem by Neil Gaiman really.

I admit I had to back and look through the book to figure out the ones I liked the best. None of the stories were that memorable. Overal
Apr 30, 2016 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short collection of largely modern retellings of fairy stories. While none are bad particularly, none really stand or manage to shine new light on the tales, although Patricia McKillip's version of the twelve dancing princesses is rather lovely.
Rain Misoa
Feb 24, 2016 Rain Misoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves anthologies about fairy-tales!
Recommended to Rain by: N.T. Embe
A fantastic collection of fairy-tale retellings!

To read my full review, click here.
Some good stories. Some not great ones. Best thing about this collection is that each story is short and doesn't exceed your attention span for an anthology.
Sep 05, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More from nostalgia than anything.
Courtney Reads A Lot
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales is a collection of fairy-tales retold by such famous fantasy and science fiction writers as Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Gregory Maguire, and more. This book contains Gaiman's "Instructions" and 12 retellings of old favorites like Cinderella and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I found these short retellings to either be a hit or miss. There were some I enjoyed, while others were just strange and poorly executed. There were many dark twisted tales, and I' ...more
Oct 31, 2016 Dora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Week 8: Fairy Tales
Interest Level:Grades 6 - 8
Reading Level:
Grade level Equivalent: 4.9
Lexile Measure: 790L
DRA: 38
Guided Reading: P

Possible Age Range: 10-14 years old

In all honesty I found this version of Little Red Riding Hood rather boring and hard to follow along. As I read my mind continued to drift. If that happened to me, can you imagine a middle schooler.
This version of Little Red, has a girl, who crossed paths with a wolf (rather skinny) who slept for days and is what they think a princ
Nov 28, 2016 Katya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Miss Ryoko
I checked out this book and Swan Sister from the library after reading Troll's Eye View. This book along with Swan Sisters are two books that came out before Troll's Eye View. But much like Troll's Eye View, this book had interesting retellings and really boring retellings.

My favorite, by far, is "Cinder Elephant" by Jane Yolen's poem story "The Seven Stage a Comeback", which is about the dwarves after Snow White leaves them and marries the prince and how they feel about her leaving them. It wa
Tyra Neve
Period 7th

Hello ladies and gentlemen of the jury. A Wolf at the Door by Ellen Datlow is a very good book. Why you ask? There are many reasons to why this book is just fantastic. This book is about our classic fairy tales gone wrong. These are not your mother's fairy tales... Did you ever wonder how the dwarves felt after Snow White left them for the prince after all they did for her? Do you sometimes wish that Cinderella hadn't been so defenseless and small? Are you ready to hear the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I admit, if this hadn't been a book club read, I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own, and the reasons are threefold. First, even though I've been known to enjoy stories involving re-imagined fairy tales, it's not my preferred subject. Second, I'm not normally drawn to children's or middle grade books. And third, I'm generally not a big fan of anthologies or short story collections. One of the greatest joys of reading is being able to connect with the characters, and personally I find s ...more
I originally chose this book from the library shelf because it was edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, whose collections of very severely twisted fairy tales for grown-ups (starting with Snow White, Blood Red) I adore, though they occasionally leave me slightly horrified or at least unsettled.

I was not disappointed by the tales within, to my utter lack of surprise, though these are, of course, suitable for a younger demographic than the ones I am accustomed to reading in the anthologies g
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Datlow and Windling (authors of several books in a fairy tale retellings series that includes Briar Rose by Jane Yolen) present a balanced blend of familiar and more obscure tales and well-known and first-time authors along with recommendations for resources about fairy tales and good collections of stories. Although their introduction is a perfect lead-in to Neil Gaiman's poem "Instructions" (a set of directions for how-to survive in fairyland with lessons gleaned from favorite tales), his gem ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, fantasy
2.8 stars

the Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherman ****
Cinder Elephant by Jane Yolen ***
Instructions by Neil Gaiman ****
Mrs Big by Michael Cadnum ***
Falada, the Goose Girls Horse by Nancy Farmer ***
A Wolf at the Door by Tanith Lee **
Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens by Janeen Webb ***
the Kingdom of Melting Glances by Katherine Vaz **
Hansel's Eyes by Garth Nix ***
Becoming Charise by Kathe Koja **
the Seven Stage a Comeback by Gregory Maguire **
the Twelve Dancing Princesses by Patricia A. McKillip ***

Rebecca Ann
This is an interesting collection of short, modernized, fractured fairy tales. Authors include some really well known people like[author:Garth Nix,Neil Gaiman,Jane Yolen, Tanith Lee and Gregory MaguirePatricia A McKillip. I found some of these excellent, and some of them disappointing (I'm talking to you Gaiman and Maguire). My favorites were Hansel's Eyes, A Wolf at the Door, The Kingdom of Melting Glances, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I really liked how each story had a little bio sectio ...more
An awesome retelling of the twelve dancing princesses was my favorite in this collection. Another shining story was a re-imagining of a chubby Cinderella. Some stories, such as the Hansel and Gretel spoof were a bit hard to follow and even as an adult had me thinking "ewww", as the candy house became a Playstation store, and the hungry witch became a black market organ dealer. In all, for young people who know the originals, this is a fun and creepy collectible. For me, it was "ok".

Twelve re-tel
This book was also chosen for my YA Materials course.

A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales is a collection of short stories that I selected from Cynthia Leitich Smith's list of children's and YA short story and poetry collections. I chose Neil Gaiman's Instructions as my short story for the purposes of this module, however, I read a few of the other stories and they were all wonderful.

Q5, P3

Q5 - As a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, I absolutely loved this story. Through his series of Instruct
The Months of Manhattan, by Delia Sherman; Cinder elephant by Jane Yolen; Instructions by Neil Gaiman; Mrs. Big by Michael Cadnum; Falada by Nancy Farmer; A Wolf at the door by Tanith Lee; Ali Baba and the forty aliens by Janeen Webb; Swans by Kelly Link; The Kingdom of Melting Glances by Katherine Vaz; Hansel's eyes by Garth Nix; Becoming Charise by Kathe Koja; The Seven stage a comeback by Gregory Maguire; The twelve dancing princesses by Patricia A. McKillip.

Alternate versions of various fair
Well... ?.?? stars...

The Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherman * * * *
A sweet little story about a lucky painting and a pair of step-sisters.

Cinder Elephant by Jane Yolen * * *
A cute story about a round & clever Cinderella.

Instructions by Neil Gaiman * * *
A poem filled with solutions and tips for solving any fairytale adventure.

Mrs. Big: "Jack and the Beanstalk" Retold by Michael Cadnum * * *
Even as expected...

Falada: The Goose Girl's Horse by Nancy Farmer * * *
Not as bad an ending as Falada
Jan 06, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: k00kaburra's Fairy Tale bookbox
Shelves: bc-12
I love retold fairy tales -- Some of these stories I didn't know the original tales (one in particular is a Portuguese tale, and I loved the retelling..need to find an "original") I love that Kathe Koja wrote her story for all the ugly ducklings out there (and I don't think there is a 12-14 year old girl who hasn't felt like an ugly duckling) -- I think my favorite was Instructions by Neil Gaiman -- reminded me of poems I wrote as a child...the list poems.

The Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherma
Linzy Stahle
Oct 21, 2013 Linzy Stahle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love when people rewrite fairy tales and put their own spin on them and I'm a fan of many of the authors that were a part of this book. However I found their interpretations either confusing or just plain cringeworthy! I know that the fairy tales of old were practically rewritten by disney to make them lighter and more childlike. But I found some of these versions were even DARKER than what grimm thought up! For instance I didnt think Hansel and Gretel could be get more twisted and cre ...more
Jennifer Heise
Not bad, but the sort of twisted you'd expect when you have Ellen Datlow collecting fantasy for YA (not kids! YA! Remember that!)
Ok, I admit, I hated Maguire's "The Seven Stage a Comeback" but loved Gaiman's "Instructions."Yolen's "Cinder Elephant" is good but not all that memorable. "The Kingdom of Melting Glances" is a magical-realism story that reminds me of some Spanish literature, but I have to say, I think we're being played here. I will never not love "The Months of Manhattan" even if it
Disappointing. I was thinking this was going to be a cute fun easy read of mixed up fairy tales like the back of the book suggests (something similar to what "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" was). But rather it wasn't it was more short a collection of short stories written based off a fairy tale with the authors own interpretation and retelling of the story without the twist in point of view. I would say that out of the 12 contributing author's stories only 3 or 4 held my attention. The bac ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I just blasted through two books in a week, so expect a couple rapid fire posts over the next few days. I also just succumbed to another fever via child, so these posts may not make all that much sense. We shall see. In any case, I highly enjoyed reading A Wolf at the Door, even though it’s a retelling anthology. Retellings, as anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know, aren’t really my thing; I’m usually disappointed. However, through a combination of clever twists, witty writing and ...more
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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