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My Review: ****--4 Stars These re-tellings were a little darker than your normal fairytale, however, I really enjoyed the way that they were told. They were told in a rhyme, which I found very unique and fun. The first story is about the 8th dwarf, Creepy, in Snow White. It was fun to see the situation through his eyes. I felt for him and the way he was treated. The second story told about a princess seeking revenge. It was fun to see the way that story unfolded. In the third story, we got an alternate to Jack and the Beanstalk. I liked how it had different Acts, instead of chapters. These were great spin-offs, but might scare very young readers. I would recommend them for older readers who are fans of fairy tales told in a fun, poetic way.
Praise for Tale Spins Not usually enamoured of either re-tellings or poetry I was totally taken aback by just how much I relished this trilogy of alternative fairytales and re-tellings aimed at the Young Adult market. ~Tracy (Goodreads) TaleSpins was like walking into a vintage store and finding a true treasure. This book takes the fairytales we all grew up on and gives them an interesting and modernized version that I enjoyed. ~Rose (Goodreads)
Author Michael Mullin Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf"; "The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny"; and "Jack'd". Michael is also the co-author of the successful "Larry Gets Lost" children's book series. His screenplay "Zooing Time" was recognized by the WGA's Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.
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