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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Middle School, High School Knopf 373 pp. 6/13 978-0-375-84972-5 $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2 $20.99 g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9 $10.99 Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their […]
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 […]