Microreview: The Gift of the Crocodile, retold by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

The Gift of the Crocodile is a tale from Indonesia’s Spice Islands, retold by Judy Sierra and illustrated in vivid colour by Reynold Ruffins. Why I like this book: It’s a fairy (folk?) tale! Damura, our protagonist, is more complicated than the standard Disney-type fare — no surprise there, as …

Janet Recommends: Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan

Sooooo I should have written this post last month but life interfered. The real problem, though, was finding words enough for Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan. “If you can’t be beautiful you should at least be good. People will appreciate that.” That’s what Jameela’s mother, Mor, always told her. But being …

Continuing the War Against Fairy Godmothers: A Discussion of Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Hardcover, 464 pages Published September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen Source: Library If you’ve been reading us for a while, you’ll remember that one of the first essays I posted on The Book Wars was called Disenchanting the Fairy Godmother: An Exploration of the Evolution of Fairy Godmothers in Modern Retellings …

Book Talk: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt (Illustrator)

There’s a fairytale that’s considerably famous. You may have heard of it. It’s usually called Cinderella though it has different names in different countries. The brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, both folktale historians of considerable note, include slightly different versions of the story in their collections of folktales. The story, …

Disenchanting the Fairy Godmother: An exploration of the evolution of fairy godmothers in modern retellings of Cinderella

  In a tradition perpetuated by Cinderella and her ilk, little girls dreamed about being princesses, wearing beautiful clothes and being swept off their feet by charming princes. They prayed for fairy godmothers who would make wondrous magic and fulfill all desires, even ones that seem impossible. From pumpkins to …