Elizabeth Thomas

About Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas has an MFA from Hamline University in Writing for Children & Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ask Rapunzel: “Be Our Guest”? Not so much

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Are you a seventh son sick of hand-me-downs? Had it up to here with the dragon lady next door? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma. Our beautiful singing harp has been a cherished family possession for years. Well, if you can believe it, the other day it told me that I was getting […]

Ask Rapunzel: Boor or bear?

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Are you a seventh son sick of hand-me-downs? Had it up to here with the dragon lady next door? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   I released my husband from an evil enchantment and we have been happily married ever since. However, he has spent most of this winter sound asleep, snoring […]

Ask Rapunzel: A cave of one’s own

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Cursed, hexed, or just plain vexed? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   My wife is a heck of a gal and the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We’ve moved into her castle, since I was living in the woods when we met. But, I gotta tell ya, between the doll […]

Ask Rapunzel: Good-for-nothing critters

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Cursed, hexed, or just plain vexed? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   I live in an enchanted forest, as many of us do, and was brought up to believe that keeping house would be a breeze! But I can’t get the woodland creatures around my cottage to pitch in and help! They […]

Ask Rapunzel: Family matters

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Feel like you’ve been sleeping on a bowling ball? Mother-in-law a real witch? Broke as beans (magic or otherwise)? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   My family still treats me like the “simpleton” even though I married the princess and am currently their king and liege lord. The family reunion is coming […]

Guest column: Ask Rapunzel

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This week Out of the Box welcomes smart and sassy guest columnist Rapunzel. Feel like you’ve been sleeping on a bowling ball? Mother-in-law a real witch? Broke as beans (magic or otherwise)? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   My stepchildren are driving me crazy! All day long it’s, “We’ve cleaned out the […]

Judge Judy

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You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judy. The cases are real. The creatures are folkloric. The rulings are final. . CASE #10705: EVIL STEPSISTERS v. CINDERELLA Judge Judy: You two stepsisters are suing Cinderella and her prince because your feet were irrevocably damaged after trying on some shoes, correct? Evil Stepsister #1: […]

Project Child’s Play

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Fashion and children’s literature icon Heidi struts onto the runway, leading one of her goats on a chic, to-die-for leash. HEIDI: Hello, everyvon and velcome to da runvay! I am your host, Heidi. This is Ziegfried. Your challenge vas to design a fresh new look for some of children’s literature’s biggest icons. Von of you […]