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This funny fractured fairy tale goesbehind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. "A most magical feat," writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, "Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold."

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 g...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Benji Martin
I read a Rumpelstiltskin picture book to the third graders last month. Like every time I've ever read or heard this story, I was flooded with questions. Why did the father tell the king that his daughter could spin straw into gold when she obviously couldn't? Why was the king so greedy those three nights that he thought the future queen was spinning, and then just content for the rest of his life with the gold that was spun during those three nights? Wouldn't he ask his wife to start spinning ag...more
Kat Heckenbach
The concept of this book totally intrigued me. And the cover! But the story itself didn't live up to what I expected. It started off strong. I liked Rump and his Gran and Red, and the setting was interesting.

But the story impressed me less and less as I read. I thought Rump jumped far too quickly and easily to the conclusion that he could spin gold. And a lot of things felt rather contrived.

I found myself beginning to skim the story about half-way through. The plot began to meander, and the vo...more
Kyle Kimmal
NBC’s Grimm is one of my favorite shows. The show is an updated version of the Brothers Grimm. During the first episode the viewers discover that Nick Burkhardt, a Portland detective, is actually a Grimm. For centuries Grimms have battled the evils. As a Grimm, Nick can see what creature is really hidden behind the façade of a human. It is this play on old stories that are so fun to watch and read.

Recently I received an advance reader’s copy of Rump The True Story of Rumpelstilskin by Liesl Shur...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Rumpelstiltskin has never been my favorite fairy tale, and yet two books during this year's Fairy Tale Fortnight have made me rethink the tale. The first was YA title RUMPLESTILTSKIN by Jenni James, which I reviewed the other day. Now, with the middle-grade offering of RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, I once again find myself caring about the odd character from the original tale. Unlike in the version from Jenni James, where Rumplestiltskin is the cursed brother of a greedy king and in l...more
Kristen Jorgensen
I remember laughing at an old The Far Side joke that I saw. It was a picture of a wrinkly old man, with a hook for a hand, telling a group of children who surround him on the floor about some nasty teenagers who drove away with his hook hanging on the side of the door while he innocently screamed for help. The idea of the story turned on its ear is not an old one but always an unexpected treat.

Kids delight in Jon Schieszka's charming book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and adults have...more
Laura Golden
What can I say about RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin? Well, I suppose the most important endorsement I could offer would be the one that came directly from the mouth of my ten-year-old son just after we'd finished reading: "I love that book." (He made that comment with a thoughtful sigh.)

And we did. RUMP stole our hearts from the very first line. Liesl Shurtliff has woven a fantastic and intricate backstory behind Rumpelstiltskin's presumably abhorrent behavior and precisely how he got h...more
Caren
Mar 13, 2014 Caren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paige Rawlinson
Such a cleaver story! I throughly enjoyed this fractured fairytale. I can't wrap my mind around how Shurtliff thought this whole story through! AMAZING!! I can't wait to own this book and reread!!
Barb Middleton
"Mom let me name you after my Barbie doll," my older sister declared when we were little kids. Dippy me believed her well into adulthood before learning that I was named after a friend of my mom's. There is power in names and thinking I had been named after something as frivolous as a doll bothered me growing up. I remember thinking mom and dad had too many kids if they were letting siblings name them after toys. I imagined naming my brothers, "Hasbro" or "Matchbox" or "G.I. Joe." At least I was...more
Leigh Collazo

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WHAT I LIKED: The fairy tale spin. Rump takes readers through the entire story of Rumpelstiltskin, including how Rump discovered his "gift," how he got tangled up with the miller's daughter and the lies that led her to spinning straw into gold for the king. It explores how Rump ended up with the Queen's baby and the final riddle of how the queen "guesses" his true name. Throughout all of this, Rump is the sympathetic character; it is the miller's lies and his dau...more
Jessica
Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that's honestly always creeped me out. Maybe it's because of the Shelly Duvall Faerie Tale Theatre version, which I saw at an impressionable age. So I was reluctant to read this, frankly. But this is a fine little story that I wished had gone into deeper depth. Quite fun for middle readers, who I think often get robbed of retold fairy tales, since they usually end up in the YA department, with lots of romance added in. There's no romance here, but some nice explor...more
Kristin
Everyone is familiar with the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, the impish man who helped the miller’s daughter spin straw into gold in exchange for her first born child. As with all legends, the truth is often lost over time.

This delightful retelling is about Rump, who is not evil or malicious. He is merely a boy who discovers he has an unusual talent, which ends up causing him more trouble than he ever could have imagined. He grew up never knowing his full name. And in a land where your name is your d...more
Susie
Awesome. The author has a wonderful writing style, each chapter smoothly flowing into the next. Not only is this a refreshing take on an old fairy tale, but the story delivers a new voice that shies away from the content that has become so popular in middle grade and YA novels. I highly recommend this book!
Monica
This book was just delightful. Hunter will really enjoy it in a couple of years. This retelling of Rumpelstiltskin is creative and thoroughly enjoyable. A fun, quick read.
Bruce Gargoyle
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Ten Second Synopsis:
Rump is missing half of his name. In Rump's world, your name is your destiny, but trying to drag himself up from the bottom of the pile is going to land Rump is a whole lot of trouble. And gold. But mostly trouble.

First up, it's actually 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and think it's a great example of innovation in the fairy-tale retelling genre that doesn't just use the same old characters and points of view in a...more
Phoebe
One of the weirder fairy tales is given new life and breath in this marvelous adaptation, narrated by Rump himself. A hungry, cold, uncomfortable life is lived by most of the people on the Mountain, who spend their days mining for gold that is growing more and more scarce. Only the fat miller and his children thrive, since they control the food supply. Rump himself, whose mother died before she could say his whole name, is the target of constant bullying and teasing. He longs for the rest of his...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed here.

This novel was positively adorable. You may think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but what of the child who became the man? As in the original tale, names hold power in this debut middle grade novel, a name is someone’s destiny, but who controls it?

This novel is run by its characters, and it’s a good thing too because they were all vibrant and interesting, and altogether enjoyable. Rump was a steller character, it was so easy to root for him throughout the novel a...more
Angie
Poor Rump. His mother died before giving him his full name. He has always been stuck with half a name and no destiny. He lives with his grandma in The Village on the Mountain. The villagers look for gold in the mines to send to the King (King Barf!). All of their rations come through the fat, greedy miller Oswald. This is a land where names have power, magic exists and pixies and gnomes are everywhere. Rump discovers his mothers old spinning wheel and discovers he can spin straw into gold. The m...more
Stephanie Croaning
Liesl Shurtliff has done a wonderful job retelling the classic fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin. I reread the fairy tale before starting this book, and was impressed that the story retains, as its foundation, details from the original. Not much is really known about Rumpelstiltskin from the fairy tale -- how he can spin straw into gold, why he wants the first-born child, how he got his strange name and why she had to guess it -- and Shurtliff has filled in and provided the background and logical an...more
Aeicha
I am a huge fan of fairytale re-tellings and Liesl Shurtliff's Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is a quirky and delightful tale that introduces readers to a more endearing Rumpelstiltskin than they may be used to.


Twelve year old Rump lives in a place where one's name is one' destiny. So, it isn't easy having a name like Rump. His mother dies before she could give Rump his full name and it seems he is destined for nothing spectacular. Then he finds his mother's old spinning wheel and disc...more
Jackie
In a time and place where your given name is your destiny fulfilled, Rump is the (ahem) butt of all jokes. He lives with his grandmother after his mother died in childbirth. Then, when Rump finds his mother's old spinning wheel hidden in the yard, he hauls it out hoping to have a little piece of his mother with him. Once he starts spinning, though, he finds he can work some magic and turn straw into gold.

In the town where Rump lives, the townspeople mine for gold all day long in hopes of appeas...more
LauraW
This is another book that I liked, but didn't REALLY LIKE. It is a bit like a song I recently wrote. It was a one joke song and it is funny, but it could have been more.

In this case, there is a central problem and the entire story seems to be a giant build-up to an almost pun-like answer. And some of the convolutions along the way just didn't quite have the air of adding quite enough to the story. In a way, some of the side stories were actually more interesting than the main story. The aunts w...more
Holly
This is a delightful story about Rumpelstiltskin, how he got his name, and what it means. I think kids will love it, and it will make a fun read aloud. Poor Rumpelstiltskin's mother died shortly after giving birth to him, and because she could only say part of his name before she died, he has had to live with the humiliating name of Rump. He is bullied, poor, and directionless. However, when he finds his mother's spinning wheel, his destiny seems to take shape. Acting against his grandmother's w...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

What’s in a name? Everything. Rump has endured endless criticism for his name, which he knows is not complete since his mother died before she could proclaim his full name. After discovering accidentally that he could spin straw into much-needed gold, he leaves his mountain village on a quest to find lost relatives and hopefully discover his full name and heritage. Narrated by the main character, this extension of a classic fairytale is amusing and maintains interest until the end. It will be en

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The Styling Librarian
RUMP – The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff – Fantasy, 4th grade and up – Loved this story. Couldn’t stop reading this. I didn’t expect to change my thoughts about Rumpelstiltskin, pixies, and trolls, but boy golly did Liesl Shurtliff spin me on my head with all three of these. I loved how the story of Rump slowly developed and pulled you into his life with his no-named animals, names are so powerful you know, and his loving grandmother who warned him somewhat poorly about not us...more
Sarah Stevens
Rump is a great fairy tale retelling that really puts a lot of depth and believability into the original tale. I don't consider that an easy feat considering the strangeness and awkwardness of the basic story of Rumpelstiltskin, not to mention the fact that he is very clearly supposed to be a villain in the original telling.

But in Rump you not only get a believable young boy to become the hero of the tale, but you also get almost every single aspect of the original tale incorporated and explain...more
Kim McGee
I just love a fractured fairy tale and this one is spun gold - literally! Rump is a bit of a runt living with his grandmother in a small mining village near THE KINGDOM. He has one good friend and even Red gives him the whatfor every so often. Everyone in the village must mine the gold mines and in exchange for the gold powder they receive a bit of grain to survive. All Rump really wants to do is figure out what his mother named him as she died and when he finds her spindle everything starts to...more
Naomi
Best retold fairy tale I've read in a while. Rump is just a kid with a name everyone makes fun of. He works hard to support himself and his grandmother and he only has one friend (if you call a girl that sometimes hits him a friend). He discovers he can spin straw into gold and thinks this could help feed them, but he HAS to take what is offered in trade. Even if it's just a bag of flour and shriveled potatoes. Its a rule of the magic.

There is bullying and name calling in the book. Rump feels li...more
Scott
I read this book in one day (most of it while I was substitute teaching). It was a really fun, entertaining young adult novel. It's not cheesy and it's really fast paced. There is a good moral to the story but the author doesn't spend too much time shoving the moral in your face. It's fun and reminds me of being a kid. That being said, there isn't anything extraordinary about this book. I wouldn't consider it by any means my favorite, but there is nothing bad with it either. It was just a good,...more
Miriam
An inadequate attempt to tell the backstory of Rumplestiltskin. Shurtliff seems to want to reveal the power of names and naming and to explore the ideas of free will vs. destiny, but the book never gets beyond annoying superficialities. Why does the miller's daughter stick her tongue out and roll it around her mouth all the time? Once we've learned that trolls eat mud and worms, do we need to read about it repeatedly? And how tedious is it to hear about the recalcitrant donkey over and over? The...more
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Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!
Before she became a...more
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“They say that a minute is a minute no matter where you are or what you're doing, but my brain could never grasp that. I think time is a trickster. When I have a lot to do, time shrinks, but when I want something over with, it stretches and yawns, and laughs at my torture. Sometimes the minutes hold hours inside of them.” 8 likes
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