Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)” as Want to Read:
Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,890 Ratings  ·  627 Reviews
The first installment of Sarah Mylowski's New York Times bestselling series!

Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .

Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White f
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It was really good and funny.I read it in school and I thought it was very very very very very very good! I am a kid.I love to read books so that's why I decided to read this book!
Abby Johnson
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I know this is not, like, high literature or anything, but I actually LOVED this audiobook and I think it's just about perfect for what it is. Teresa has been booktalking this one and I am so excited to add it to my booktalking repertoire, too.

So, when Abby's dumb little brother Jonah knocks on this weird, old mirror in the basement of their new home, Abby & Jonah are transported to a fairy tale world and find themselves wrapped up in the story of Snow White. Only, before they figu
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Abby and her little brother named Jonah. They find a mirror in their basement and Jonah knocked on the mirror and then suddenly they were in a forest. After a few minutes the saw an old lady and followed her. She went to a cottage. There was a girl there and the old lady was trying to give her an apple. Jonah ran after her and asked for the apple, then he noticed that the apple was poisoned and that she was evil Evelyn. The girl said thank you and let them in. Aft ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Stuff

Charming and sweet
Reminded me of some of Meg Cabot's middle grade
Perfect for the reluctant reader
Loved the humour, quirky and fun (very Canadian)
It was refreshing to read a novel geared towards young girls that was sweet and innocent. It was the sort of thing I would have loved to read at that age.
I know quite a few customers at my store that will enjoy this one - sold a copy of it last week to this sweet little girl - she read the first page and said mom we have to buy this
I have been feeling like a reading curmudgeon lately, and wasn't really expecting to like this. What a wonderful surprise! The writing, characters, and humor were just fresh and dynamic enough to make this appealing. I also like the fact that it isn't too long or involved; ust right for middle grade reluctant readers or kids who don't want their books to take forever. (I live with one of those. She'll read for hours and hours, but will not pick up books that appear long or daunting.) I could ima ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My children absolutely love this series, and it all started with this book, which is intelligent, creative, clever -- and very funny. My only real issue with the book has to do with the cover design and not anything in the story itself. The cover, sadly, is one that turned my son off at first -- even though the series is just as delightful for boys as it is for girls. Proof: My son claimed he didn't want me to read this book to him, but whenever I read it to my daughter, he would sit in the hall ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!It was cute and entertaining and quite hilarious.The perfect fairy tale twist for someone who just needs a break from any YA book.

I decided to read this book one sunday afternoon because I jusy wanted to have some fun.Apperently,this book put me in a good mood,and I loved it.It was quite relatable.A must read!
Steven R. McEvoy
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This is one of the books my oldest daughter and I read together this year. For school she is suppose to read for 20 minutes a day. Because she is struggling a bit we tend to read 40 minutes but alternate pages. This book and the series that is now up to ten books is a new spin on old tales. In some ways reminiscent of the fractured fairy tales, or Tony Abbott's Cracked Classics. It is the story of two modern day kids who get transported through a magic mirror into the events of the legend or sto ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
this book is a modern twist on fairy tale that we all know, Snow White. The main character Abby and Jonah go THROUGH a mirror that hisses and turns purple. Jonah and Abby come out from the mirror and they are in Snow White's fairy tale. Jonah and Abby stopped Snow from eating the poison apple. They told the seven dwarfs and Snow her fairy tale where there from since they haven't heard aboutt it. They try to help Snow find her Prince, but Snow keeps running away and Jonah and Abby want to go home ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
"Once upon a time, our life was normal. And then the mirror in our basement ate us." Ha!

I could see my 10-year-old self loving this book! I've noticed Mlynowski's deadpan sense of humor in her adult novels but I wasn't expecting so much of it in her new children's book. The humor fit in perfectly with the absurdity of the story line! The plot was shaky towards the end- I don't like it when authors resolve conflict through sheer luck. Overall, I think any little girl who enjoys fairytales would l
Madeline Carino
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was an amazing book.When I started the book, I couldn't put it down!I read almost the whole series of them and I can't wait to get the ninth book.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei imenso, esta autora é brilhante para a faixa etária a que se destina.
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Abby's little brother Jonah shakes her awake in the middle of the night. He's discovered that the strange mirror in the basement of their new home starts hissing when you knock on it. Jonah excitedly knocks again, and the mirror glows purple. Abby tries to stop him, but Jonah knocks a third time, and the two siblings (along with a stack of law books and a computer chair) are sucked through the mirror into a mysterious forest. When they interrupt an old lady trying to sell an apple to a young wom ...more
Caeleigh MacDonald
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was at 3 stars because I wasn't all that interested in this book but it was kind of funny and I didn't really want the book to end this book was about two kids named Abby and Jonah and they are heading to bed one night and then Jonah comes into Abby's room and says Abby come downstairs quick come downstairs the mirror is hissing so when you go downstairs they fool around with the mirror well Jonah does and then all of a sudden they get sucked into this place and it turns out it snow wh ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I gave this a four. It is a great, fun book for young girls in 2nd to 3rd grade (maybe first if you have a really advanced reader). My fourth grader read it this year for a state book competition, it was placed on the list they had to get through. I felt it was very superficial reading for fourth grade; however, it captivated her and she wanted to read the rest the series (so, what do I know!). It has lots of cute dialogue, a simply speedy plot, and fun relatable characters.

On the flipside, I al
Ooh boy. I think this is a cute, funny concept & I think 3rd-5th-ish graders will really think it's hilarious. For me as an adult audiobook listener it was a little annoyingly repetitive. I think the audiobook narrator does great voice work but I ended up upping the speed just to get through the main character's repetitive complaints faster--which, again, I think the book's target audience would find each repeat increasingly funny. I also liked the new ending to the fairy tale & think it ...more
The book itself is good, kids will enjoy the read. But it's not for me. I cannot stand Abby. There is something very annoying about her that I cannot point out.

Half of the book- literally half of the book- is about Abby saying how she feels SO bad and SO sorry for Snow White, and that she doesn't deserve a bad ending because bad ending is for bad people...those same thoughts every page. Give me a break!
Cute children's book. Cute enough for me to continue the series.
Elissa Schaeffer
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I see how popular this series is with kids in my library so I had to give at least the first one a shot. Now I get it. This is a fast, fun read with contemporary kids being tossed into a fairy tale land and how that impacts the story. And they can't get home until things are set right.

Overall, cute and fun. Recommended to fans of fractured fairy tales and a different path to happily ever after. Grades 2 and up.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I teach 5th grade. One of my students was reading this book a couple weeks ago. I noticed the author because I've read some of her novels for young adults and adults. So, I knew I had to read this.

This was actually an adorable Audiobook that I listened to while grading/cleaning my classroom today.

Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So light reading ❤ ...more
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was (imagine a nasally Violet from The Incredibles x Bratty McBratterson x 10000) super annoying.

The overall story itself, however, was pretty decent and a good twist on Snow White, and the ending sets itself up for the rest of the series.
Ava Rose
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nicole Lynn Hoefs
Cute enough, but didn't love it. The narrator was good though.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book takes you on an adventure. I loved reading this book. It was amazing! I loved how in this series it changes the original fairy tale. I feel like I am friends with Abby and Jonah.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I read this for the Read-a-thon, the challenge I selected was to let a coin toss decide what book to read.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ireally like this book im gonna go for the second one so the first is about these girl and a boy that go into their basement and they get sucked in to their mirror amd they go into a fary tail of you want to know what fairy tale than tou better read it.
Carly S
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this was a great book! I rated it 5 stars because it was so interesting! I never wanted to put the book down! This book is about a girl named Abby and her brother Jonah who discover a magic mirror in their basement. They realized that the mirror brought them to the fairy tale Snow White after they messed up her story. They tried to fix it, but things kept getting worse and worse! Will they be able to fix her story and save Snow White before it's too late? Read the book and you'll find ou ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
The very first thing I wrote in my notes for this book was: “Exhausting.” The story is told in the first person, from Abby's perspective, and I kept imagining her saying everything in a breathless and hyper voice. She had very particular ideas about how her world should be, and even went so far as to create a list of everything in Smithville that was uncomfortably not like how things back at her old home in Chicago were. A lot had changed in her life, very quickly, and she wasn't happy about it. ...more
Brooke McDonald
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story Whatever After Fairest of All, by Sarah Mlynowski, is about a young girl named Abby and her little brother Jonah who loves to explore. The story begins when Jonah wakes up Abby to tell her that their creepy mirror that hangs on one of their basement walls is hissing and turning purple! Abby goes down to the basement to see what really is going on. But, once she gets down to the basement nothing is happening, until Jonah knocks on the mirror’s glass 3 times, the mirror begins to hiss an ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Next fairy tale? 4 10 Jan 25, 2015 09:13PM  
Q&A with Sarah Ml...: Whatever After 1 33 May 27, 2012 04:33PM  
  • Flying the Dragon
  • Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
  • Jangles: A Big Fish Story
  • Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus
  • Coral Reefs
  • Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
  • Laugh with the Moon
  • Looking at Lincoln
  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park
  • Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn
  • Frogged
  • Walls Within Walls
  • Waiting for the Magic
  • In a Blink
  • Ghetto Cowboy
  • Tua and the Elephant
  • My Very UnFairy Tale Life (My Very UnFairy Tale Life, #1)
  • Marty McGuire Digs Worms!  (Marty McGuire #2)
Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and
More about Sarah Mlynowski

Other books in the series

Whatever After (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After, #2)
  • Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3)
  • Dream On (Whatever After, #4)
  • Bad Hair Day (Whatever After, #5)
  • Cold As Ice (Whatever After #6)
  • Beauty Queen (Whatever After, #7)
  • Once Upon a Frog (Whatever After #8)
  • Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9)
  • Sugar and Spice (Whatever After #10)
  • Abby in Wonderland (Whatever After, #10.5)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • Son of the Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1)
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Sanctuary (Nomad, #2)
    $4.99 $2.49
  • Genome (The Extinction Files #2)
    $5.99 $2.49
  • The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Mechanica (Mechanica, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Wired (Wired, #1)
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension, #1)
    $3.99 $1.49
  • Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Bees
    $12.99 $1.99
  • The Land: Founding (Chaos Seeds, #1)
    $2.99 $1.49
  • The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
    $12.99 $2.99
  • Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Gone (Gone, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Friday
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Dhalgren
    $17.99 $1.99
  • Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Homeworld (Odyssey One, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Recurve (The Elemental Series, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Deviants (Dust Chronicles #1)
    $4.49 $0.99
  • Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)
    $6.49 $1.99
  • The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Out of the Black (Odyssey One, #4)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia, #1)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Menagerie
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone #2)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Black Bird of the Gallows
    $7.99 $0.99
  • Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Gods Themselves
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Making History
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Heart of Matter (Odyssey One, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Lumière (The Illumination Paradox, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
    $11.49 $1.99
  • Obsidian Son (The Temple Chronicles, #1)
    $3.99 $1.49
“She looks at me strangely. “Um, no. I’m frozen.” 1 likes
“again, right? But how will they know to save us? Hmm. Yopopa’s supposedly a genius. That’s probably” 1 likes
More quotes…