Fractured fairytales appear to be all the rage right now. Incase you don’t know what a fractured fairytale is imagine your favorite childhood tale. Mi...moreFractured fairytales appear to be all the rage right now. Incase you don’t know what a fractured fairytale is imagine your favorite childhood tale. Mine was Beauty and the Beast by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Now in order for it to be fractured the tale must be rewritten. Here’s the fun part. Everything you once thought you knew about the tale is flipped on its head or told through new characters and settings. Alex Finn did just that when he wrote Beastly. In Beastly Kyle Kingsburg is a popular and gorgeous high school student who encounters a witch at the school dance. Once again he must find someone to see past his outward appearance to his true self.
Rump The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is a new spin on the old classic. This fractured tale is chock full of twists and surprises.
Awesome first line: My mother named me after a cow’s rear end. P. 1 Other interesting lines: We don’t name animals. Names are special and save for people. P. 11 I thought that when you found your destiny, you were supposed to be happy about it. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe it was something you just had to accept. Succumb to. P.111 It’s funny how some things you think are so terrible can turn out to be really wonderful. P. 210
I shared this book with my 7th and 8th grade students and was surprised that many did not know the original Brothers Grimm tale. Keep that in mind when recommending this book. If the reader doesn’t have the background knowledge then some of the interest and magic will be lost.
Also, I’m curious if there will be additional books to follow. What about Red and her name. Little Red Riding Hood perhaps? (less)
I am on p.172-173 and completely annoyed with Alina. Why do female characters have to be wimpy? I'm so thankful for Daenerys Targaryen in the series G...moreI am on p.172-173 and completely annoyed with Alina. Why do female characters have to be wimpy? I'm so thankful for Daenerys Targaryen in the series Game of Thrones. Daenerys does not have it all figured out, in fact she's terrified that she'll screw everything up or make wrong decisions. But she is fierce when she decides something and other characters in the book love and respect her for that. Alina makes more problems for herself then necessary. Why can't she just tell people that she saw the Darkling while in the fold? Why all the silly "Oh I feel this way, but I mustn't tell you, because then there would be no drama." Ugh. Why does she has to be so whinny and talk about how she just doesn't know what to do, but wants to do something to help. Well then do it, and stop complaining. I agree with Sturmhond, "I'm telling you that if you want to be a leader, its time you started thinking and acting like one."p. 172. I really hope that her character undergoes a transformation and shows readers that female protagonists can be fierce.
Finally done. The end was the best part. Too bad there was all the build up for the last 30 pages. (less)
Some dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I...moreSome dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I found some of the wording difficult to understand, but that could be due to the translation. I love the idea of heroes that will help you battle your nightmares if you write them a letter and leave it under your pillow. (less)
Love it! I'm not sure I'm convinced about Marcus though. I think this would be great for boys who are looking for lots of action right off the bat. Gi...moreLove it! I'm not sure I'm convinced about Marcus though. I think this would be great for boys who are looking for lots of action right off the bat. Girls as well. So many fun things that could be done with this book: imagination, poverty, perseverance, and change. (less)
Once upon a time..., or perhaps, there once was a... Isn't that how all great tales begin? The Night Gardener doesn't exactly start out with those wor...moreOnce upon a time..., or perhaps, there once was a... Isn't that how all great tales begin? The Night Gardener doesn't exactly start out with those words, but it still has all the elements of a great tale. Or maybe legend? I wonder what Hester would say. This is a great book for kiddos who love scary stories, but are ready for a little more bite. Think middle school to young adult. There are two particular scenes that I'd describe as gruesome, but not gory. The main characters are Irish and Auxier did an awesome job using an Irish dialect in his writing. Some younger readers may find is a bit difficult really "hearing" the accent. Definitely recommend this gem to anyone wanting a dark and twisted tale. (less)
"Squirrels?" Pearl cried. A scurry of squirrels charged down Pine Street. There must have been a hundred of them. Maybe more. Ben had...moreFavorite Moments:
"Squirrels?" Pearl cried. A scurry of squirrels charged down Pine Street. There must have been a hundred of them. Maybe more. Ben had never seen anything like this. Squirrels lived in parks back home, but they never traveled in groups, and they never raced down the street as if they were competing in a marathon. *I love squirrels.
By signing this paper, I promise that I will not blame Dr. Woo for any injuries I might receive from an Imaginary World or Known World creature. Causes of injury included but are not limited to: biting, scratching, chewing, gnawing, venomous stinging, hypnotizing, tossing, igniting, crushing, stomping, impaling, gouging, shredding, and vaporizing. Signed, _______. "Vaporizing?" Ben asked. "What a minute. That sounds dangerous." "Oh, it is dangerous. Extremely dangerous. And painful." Mr. Tabby pulled out a little device from his vest pocket and typed something on its keypad. "But according to my creature calculator, there are no vaporizing creatures currently in the hospital. The odds of your being vaporized today are zero." *I'm not sure I know of an imaginary creature with vaporizing abilities. Do you?
This book will help you catch a sasquatch. This book will not help you catch any other two-legged creature, such as a yeti or a troll or a leprechaun. Please refer to my other guidebooks if you are trying to catch something other than a sasquatch. Before trying to catch a sasquatch, there are a few things you must know. First thing: The sasquatch is not as stupid as it looks. And it looks pretty stupid. It enjoys puzzles and likes to arrange things by color. *Sasquatch and I have a love for puzzles in common.
I knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and s...moreI knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and saw, introduction. Okay this was weird. I haven't ran into a foreword AND an introduction since I was in college. I closed the book, turned to the spine to double check that it was intended for children. Maybe I was mistaken and grabbed this out of the adult section at the library. Nope. Juvenile.
I finished reading the forward and the introduction. The last sentence was, We hope you enjoy it. Hmm... weird way to begin a book. Well... I did enjoy the illustrations quite a bit. I feasted on the colors and line details. Especially devoured the night scenes. The use of different fonts for each character's dialogue was a unique and wonderfully unexpected touch. But, the language was not of the same quality as the illustrations. The only way I can describe it is dumbed down.
The pond animals have asked us to do them a favor: Get ride of Mr. Big! Yes, it will be a daunting and dangerous task, but think of the rewards: Without him, we would rule the pond! I suggest we first observe him for a few days to learn his routines. Then we can determine when and how to attack him.
Come on! These are crows! Crows! Joyce Sidman wrote a poem in their honor because they're organisms who have beaten the odds of survival!
It wasn't just the crow dialogue either. It was the frogs, the crayfish, the fish, newts, etc. They had no dimension other than delivering a message to the reader: (Finger pointing and waggling in your face) Everything has a niche in nature and just one thing can make it go haywire! I think the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild said it much more eloquently. (less)
Fortunately, Gemma wasn't one to despair. "Snap out of it," she barked. "It's time for a plan. Let's list what we know for sure." She b...moreFavorite lines:
Fortunately, Gemma wasn't one to despair. "Snap out of it," she barked. "It's time for a plan. Let's list what we know for sure." She began to tick off items on her fingers, consulting her notepad for reference as she spoke. "First, their song talks about a clock and a door. Second, your psychic told you that he picked up definite readings here, right?" "Parapsychologist," Max corrected her weakly, nodding. "Whatever."
I particularly love the "let's list what we know for sure", because I constantly say this to my students when we approach math word problems. Now I see that I must say this during all problem solving experiences!
The Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just m...moreThe Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just my opinion, because Giver was not intended to be a series. Perhaps Lowry felt compelled by fans to continue Jonas' and Gabe's story. But I think because they were written so many years apart Lowry's original message with Giver changed with the other books. Son feels nothing like Giver. The following three books are good, because Lois Lowry is an amazing writer, but The Giver is by far the best. (less)