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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

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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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Benji Martin
Apr 13, 2013 Benji Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jubilation Lee
I read Rump weeks ago, my friends, and then had to hand it off to an over-excited third grader and completely forgot to write a review. I’m going to give it a shot now, although lacking a reference I may get some of the details incorrect.

Here we go.

I… was bored by Rump.

It started out okay—plucky orphans, greedy asshole adults, magical powers, etc—but as the story continued off in various directions, I found my attention wandering.

A number of characters appeared to be introduced solely to add pa
Wendy Higgins
I just read this out loud to my kids (6 and 9) and they loved it. I am always on the lookout for books that will appeal to both of them, regardless of gender or their 2.5 year age difference.
Aug 13, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prava bajka ali fino napisana da mogu i klinci da je citaju ali i stariji pa da opet ne budu zgrozen pricom za decu.

Lako se cita, ima svojih teskih i tuznih momenata, plus par smesnijih. i naravno citava poenta price je i da nas nauci necemu sem da nas zabavi.

Ako treba nesto za opustanje ili nesto sto ce te da citate deci (koja znaju engeski :) ) ne mozete puno pogresiti sa ovim.
Salman Haque
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is pure fun. Liesl Shurtliff has created a fascinating world with gnomes who run messages and pixies who are attracted to gold (much like the king of the land). I love that Rump’s only friend is Red, whose name is considered as odd as his and that people are the only things named. Rump was a romp and I enjoyed every minute.

Ilove a good re-telling of a tale you think you know -- and this book does not disappoint! It cleverly delivers all the bits and pieces
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
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
Jun 04, 2013 Kristen Jorgensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Barb Middleton
May 19, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale, bully
"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
Laura Golden
Dec 19, 2012 Laura Golden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I did not connect to any of the characters, from the first page til I stopped. It was just not that interesting at all, nothing really grabbed my attention. I only read a few fantasies but this one really was not all that captivating, or maybe cause I was not the author target audience. I just could not get into it at all, however it is really good in the beginning.My attention span is short though, usually if it does not pull me initially then I pretty much give up.
Mar 04, 2013 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 13, 2014 Caren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Andrew Kiley
It was good. It was kind of a funny book and the authors note had a great and meaningful purpose to it. You can read it if you want to. You might laugh when your are reading it.
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.
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
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
May 22, 2013 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kayla Edwards
This is an adorable take on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin and I must say, in a time where fairytale retellings are common, I believe this is my favorite version of the tale yet! Rump is a very easy-to-relate-to character for children (and the inner child in the rest of us!) who makes mistakes and then tries to make things right. Fun and humorous, I think this is one that will keep the kids reading - it certainly kept my attention ;)
Paul Reed
Jun 19, 2015 Paul Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the pixies were a nice touch, though we all know that his name is Rumpelstiltskin.
Cute! Charlie and I read this together. Perfect for 3-5th grade readers
Loved it!!!Full review to come...
Идея почитать про мелкого Румпеля казалась довольно привлекательной в тот момент, когда мне на глаза попалась эта аудиокнига. Пацан подвинул в списке чтения десяток не менее интересных книг, но в итоге оказался серединка на половинку. Задумка с поиском себя (т.е. имени и судьбы), а также новый взгляд на магические договоры и расплату первенцами достойны отдельной медальки, потому что первое всегда окупается в детских книжках, а второе оказалось просто отлично вплетено в историю. В остальном же.. ...more
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
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress...

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
Oct 31, 2013 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2015 Romeo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is so ENCHANTING!!!!!!! i am in love with all the spinning straw into gold- i find myself wanting to take up the art of spinning-wheelage because the author makes it sound so fun and exciting! i would actually buy myself a spinning wheel if i could afford one after reading this book. it is just so fun! the characters are very interesting too! i was truly gripped through and throu ...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
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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.” 13 likes
“And that's its own kind of magic - to feel that people who are gone are still here.” 9 likes
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