Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
In a magical 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...more
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I’ve only seen a couple versions of a retelling for Rumpelstiltskin, in the Sisters Grimm books and of course Once Upon A Time, which is my all time favorite. Understandably, I was expecting Rump to be about an anti-hero, or future villain, but this book features him instead as a protagonist. And I really loved it. Shurtliff managed to produce a completely different version than the original, but the way that she went about it still fits with the original fairy tale....more
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Rump the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by: Liesl Shurtliff.
Mmm… how should I begin? How about, “Get This Girl A Movie Deal, Because That Book Was Awesome!!!!!”
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. She did everything I’m always talking about, well there was the “and and and’s” but otherwise, AWESOME!!!! I really liked how she changed it so, it had more meaning, Rump wasn’t the bad guy, and that’s what I never liked. It was...more
Life goes from bad to worse when Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Thanks to a curse and to a miller's greediness, suddenly Rump is thrown into an adventure where every time he tries to help, he fails. Finally, Rump runs aw...more
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
After reading the first line I was pulled intensely within the story, from the beginning it was fun, and then along came adventure, with that joined many twists of fates, mild suspense and well built tension, and when it ended it was a complete satisfaction.
Rump is easily one of the most neat rework of a nice fairy tale that was good itself to begin with but even got better from many different directions. If I had never known that who the main characte...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
When it comes down to it, I think it's because there is no emotional meat to the novel. Everything about it, particularly on an emotional level, is so superficial. I don't think I felt an urgency to the internal drive that Rump was experiencing. Ever.
Perhaps the problem is that the narrative arc was too l...more
Why in the past did they think he was an imp? Rump mistakenly steps on a pixie nest and they retaliate by biting his face, arms, legs, and yes, his rump. The painful bites swell and disfigure the boy, so he probably looked like an imp. Temporarily.
But back to the b...more
In the town where Rump lives, the townspeople mine for gold all day long in hopes of appeas...more
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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
Overall, I liked this and will happily endorse it for pleasure reading, but it didn't measure up as a mock Newbery pick. The writing was heavy-handed at times. The magic behind the mystery (the mystery behind the magic?) didn't quite add up. It was certainly longer than it needed to be.
This might be a good book club pick fo...more
Throughout the bo...more
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This review is from: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (Hardcover)
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Type of book: Young reader fantasy/fairytale.
Is this a part of a series, If yes, which number? Not part of a series.
Summary: Rump's mother dies in childbirth and he never knows the full name that she gave him before she died. He grows up with his grandmother who loves him very m...more
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...more
This is the story of Rumpelstiltskin. When he was born his mother was dying and only managed to get out the Rump part of his name. As one might imagine that had caused trouble ever since. In this twist we follow Rump as he learns about his magic, we see how the miller takes advantage of him, how the miller tells the king it is his daughter who can spin straw into gold, and so on. However, t...more
This retelling of Rumpelstiltskin will definitely have readers seeing Rump's side of the story....more
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It cradles the hurt and mends the pain
And no one cares about your name
Or the height of your head
Or the size of your brain”