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My Writing and Reading Life: Jen Calonita, Author of Flunked

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life: Jen Calonita, Author of Flunked

JEN CALONITA has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Justin Timberlake, but the only person she’s ever wanted to trade places with is Disney’s Cinderella. She’s the award-winning author of the My Secrets of My Hollywood Life series.

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Uni the Unicorn, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Book Review

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Uni the Unicorn, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Book Review

This beautifully illustrated book is a delightful addition to any little girl’s library. Girls who are especially intrigued by fantastical mystical creatures will love the message that yes, Virginia, there just might be a real Unicorn out there.

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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff | Book Review

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff | Book Review

In Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, author Liesl Shurtliff crafts an entertaining fractured fairy tale based on the Brothers Grimm character by the same name.

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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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