Tale Spins A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires "The Frog Prince" witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!
Tale Spins are a few retellings or alternate fairy tales, dwarves, princesses, witches, it is just what you expect of fairy tales; only these are so much more fun. They are written as poetry, rhyming and very witty. They kind of make you want to talk in verse after reading them. At first I thought they were for a middle grade audience but it turns out they are geared for young adult, and I am not quite sure how sold I am on that. Yes, they are entertaining and have some moments of raunchiness that only teens and adults would understand, but the fashion in which they are conveyed -- the rhyme, verse thing is very childish. I loved it, but it was a more child friendly way to write the tales.
The tales are all very short at about 10-20 pages each and quick, fun reads; I would recommend them for the YA audience more than the MG one, but they are a little confusing in the sense of how they are put together. I think many will enjoy these creative retellings. The 8th Dwarf story was my very favorite, so interesting how things could have happened.
About the Author
Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf"; "The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny"; and "Jack'd". Michael is also the co-author of the successful "Larry Gets Lost" children's book series. His screenplay "Zooing Time" was recognized by the WGA's Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.
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