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Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

What makes a villain a villain? I’ve always been a fascinated—and a little bit terrified—of villains, especially in fairytales. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even if the old witch sent me diving into our couch cushions to hide my eyes.

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My Writing and Reading Life: Sarah Mlynowski

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life: Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series as well as Gimme a Call, Don’t Even Think About It, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), How to Be Bad (along with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle) and the Magic in Manhattan series. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in the kingdom of Manhattan with her very own prince charming and their fairy-tale-loving daughters.

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf | Book Review

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf | Book Review

A funny reimagining of the Three Little Pigs story, where the wolf isn’t so much big and bad but just hungry … and a bit grouchy.

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Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

This collection of pithy tales is multi-layered. The stories linger in the mind the way a good poem resonates. They are ancient Chinese fables Shiho S. Nunes has expanded into longer tales.

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The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

Set in Tehran, Iran, this quite original tale is a reminder that story themes are universal. At times it has the feel of Cinderella with a cultural twist. Other times, it is reminiscent of Charles Perrault’s tale of the kindly sister and the bad-tempered sister, whose deeds have different outcomes.

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What Makes a Good Fairy Tale?

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
What Makes a Good Fairy Tale?

Everyone’s taste is different, of course, but my favorite fairy tales are ones that are irreducibly strange. When I was drafting my new novel, The Glass Casket, I kept thinking back to the fairy tales that appealed to me as a child. They were often lesser-known Grimm tales, the ones that had not been sanitized—their strangeness muted by a series of cheerful bowdlerizations.

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In the Hall of the Mountain King
By Allison Flannery | Dedicated Review

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
In the Hall of the Mountain King<br />By Allison Flannery | Dedicated Review

This book is a wonderful illustrated adaption of a classical piece of music, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” composed by Edvard Grieg.

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Princess Books: From the Traditional to the Do-It-Yourself Versions

| April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Princess Books: From the Traditional to the Do-It-Yourself Versions

A list of princess stories that ranges from old-fashioned, traditional tales to new releases that encourage creativity and inventiveness.

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Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex

| June 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex

A hilarious and whip-smart take on fractured fairy tales, from rising stars Mac Barnett and Adam Rex.

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Kate Bernheimer: Celebrating Fairy Tales

| April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Kate Bernheimer: Celebrating Fairy Tales

Kate Bernheimer first enchanted children with her captivating The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum. Her latest The Lonely Book is yet another heartfelt addition to her mesmerizing picture books.

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