Jack and the Beanstalk app review

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The latest in Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series, Jack and the Beanstalk (January 2013), features all of the developer’s thoughtful design hallmarks (main text and speech bubbles narrated by child actors; intuitive, no-reading-required navigation; a wide repertoire of possible interactive responses; subtle verbal and visual interactivity prompts), but this is perhaps the most activity-driven and […]

Bluebeard app review

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BumpBump Books’s app Bluebeard, a French Folk Tale (January 2013) retells the fairy tale in clear, concise text. A young woman, despite some misgivings, marries a wealthy man with a blue beard. Bluebeard gives his new bride all the keys to his home, but tells her she must not enter a particular room. When Bluebeard […]

The Waking Prince e-book review

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The Waking Prince (The Story Elves, March 2013) is an original fairy tale set in a kingdom where witches curse people over any grievance, no matter how small. Everyone knows that when a princess falls victim to a curses, it’s a prince’s duty to break the spell. But Prince Jeremy guiltily wonders if princes should […]

New fairy tales booklist

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

In honor of guest columnist Rapunzel, we’ve created a “fairy tales, old and new” booklist! You’ll find straightforward retellings, re-envisionings, poetry, and even mash-ups. What’s your favorite fairy-tale re-imagining?

Ask Rapunzel roundup

This week on Out of the Box, guest columnist Rapunzel has been helping readers with fairy-tale dilemmas, from marital woes to unruly enchanted objects. Who needs a fairy godmother with Rapunzel around? Don’t miss her columns: Snarky stepchildren Family matters Good-for-nothing critters A cave of one’s own Boor or bear? “Be Our Guest”? Not so […]

Fairy tales, old and new

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer

The books recommended below were all published within the last several years and reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry The Goldilocks Variations written by Allan Ahlberg, illus. by Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick) Six tongue-in-cheek variants […]

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


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?


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 […]


It begins with dissatisfaction. Over, of all things, rapunzel. The herb, the seasoning. Not the beautiful Rapunzel. A pregnant wife (at last!), a witch’s garden next door. The missus just has to have some rapunzel. Of course the husband gets caught. The witch curses him as he stands there with a handful of pungent rapunzel. […]

Ask Rapunzel: A cave of one’s own


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 […]