Last year I read and reviewed one of Shurtliff’s other retelling books, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk , and really loved it! I really can’t wait to read this one and definitely had to say yes when I was invited to do this blog tour! These MG novels are some I HIGHLY recommend for kids, and any age really!
If you could be any fairy-tale character, who would you be and what would you do?
Off the top of my head, if I could choose to be any fairy-tale character in the world it seems logical that I would choose to be someone magical, powerful, or part-human, like a mermaid. I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. As a child I fantasized about it at the pool. I’d put those diving rings around my ankles and try to swim like a mermaid. (It’s pretty tough without fins.)
But that was childhood. Now I am a grown woman, a wife and mother of three children, so I’m drawn more to the practical. Life is very busy. When I’m not surrounded by people and noise, I’m surrounded by their messes and stuff, which creates its own kind of noise. So, keeping that in mind, if I could choose to be any fairy-tale character in the world, I would be Rapunzel.
Yep. Locked in a high tower with a mile of hair, no one for company except a witch, who, from all I can gather, doesn’t visit all that often. This translates into lots of me time. ME! No one to cook for or clean up after. No deadlines. I’d read all those books piling up on my nightstand. I’d do yoga every day. I could probably use my own hair as a mat, so long as it’s woven in just the right way. (I’d have time to figure that out.)
At night I would star gaze and teach myself the constellations. If I started to feel really lonely, I’d sing songs to myself, and to the birds, because honestly, any self-respecting princess-in-a-tower will sing to birds.
Eventually, after many years, I will start to feel lonely, like something is missing in my life, but I’m not sure what. It’s like a little hole somewhere in my chest or stomach or brain, and no matter what I do or eat or sing, nothing seems to fill it. In fact it seems to be getting bigger. I’ll talk to the witch about this hole, and she’ll brush it off as hormones, until one day the thing that has been missing suddenly appears. Chocolate. The witch left a chunk of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. I pick it up, sniff it, take a bite and the hole is suddenly filled.
That evening, a stranger comes to the tower. He’s handsome and I feel strangely drawn to him. Sort of like the pressure I feel on my head when the witch is climbing my hair, but more pleasant. He’ll ask me if I want to escape the tower and run away with him, have some children and do all the cooking and laundry.
“Is there chocolate?” I’d ask.
“As much as you want,” he’d say.
It sounds like a fair trade to me, so I climb down using my own hair. (Why didn’t I think of this before?!)
And we’ll live happily ever after, with lots of noise, messes, children, and chocolate.
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.
With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump.
And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).
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- Saturday, February, 6: I’m Shelf-ish, Guest Post
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- Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review
- Saturday, February, 20: The Children’s Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie
- Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast
- Monday, February, 22: Katie’s Clean Book Collection, Review
- Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review
- Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post
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- Monday, February, 29: Lili’s Reflections, Review
- Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review
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- Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review
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