Interview with Heather Dixon (the Story Monster!)

Heather Dixon (aka The Story Monster) is the author of the 2011 novel Entwined, a retelling of the classic Grimm fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses (click on the link to read it for free!). Unlike the Grimm version’s medieval setting, Heather’s work takes place in the Victorian era – that’s right! Swishy dresses, …

On Tricksters: Ananse and Kanchil

A trickster is just what a storymaker needs: a character who makes things happen. – “Author’s Note”, Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale, retold by Tololwa M. Mollel and illustrated by Andrew Glass. The line separating folklore and fairytales is blurry at best, with most people understanding fairytales as a kind of “subgenre” …

ANNOUNCING: Chocolate Lily 2014 Short List!

Hello dear readers! We have a special announcement today: We are pleased to announce the list of nominees for the 2014 BC Chocolate Lily Young Reader’s Choice Book Award: Picture Books Gift Days  (Author: Kari-Lynn Winters, Illustrator: Stephen Taylor  Fitzhenry& Whiteside) What’s Up, Bear?  (Author: Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrator: Sean L. Moore Owlkids …

The Fox’s Window and Other Stories – Naoko Awa (author), Toshiya Kamei (Translator): A Review

Paperback, 227 pages Published June 16th 2010 by Uno Press Source: Personal Copy Naoko Awa’s collection of stories, translated by Toshiya Kamei, gives a glimpse of the tales Japanese children grow up hearing and reading. In his introduction to the collection, Kamei talks about his own childhood and how Awa’s …