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Archives for July 2013

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

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 […]

Rapunzel

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 […]

Ask Rapunzel: Good-for-nothing critters

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 […]

Review of Far Far Away

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 […]

Ask Rapunzel: Family matters

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

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 […]