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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
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
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
Recently I received an advance reader’s copy of Rump The True Story of Rumpelstilskin by Liesl Shur...more
Kids delight in Jon Schieszka's charming book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and adults have...more
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
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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
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
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
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
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
In the town where Rump lives, the townspeople mine for gold all day long in hopes of appeas...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
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
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
There is bullying and name calling in the book. Rump feels li...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”