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|Beanstalker and other hilarious scary tales|
Author: White, Kiersten
Snow White is a vampire, Little Red Riding Hood is a zombie, and Cinderella is an arsonist--and that is only some of the mayhem the reader will find in this collection of fractured fairy tales.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 190932
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 71883
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 4–6—Best-selling YA author White makes her middle grade debut in this creepy but hilarious collection of reimagined fairy tales. Readers will be quick to recognize familiar faces like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Snow White, but the recognition stops there. These archetypal figures, along with their stories, are subverted by macabre characterizations that see them turning into zombies, vampires, or worse. In White's nameless "scarytale" kingdom, monsters and little girls might be the same thing. Princes and princesses might be locked in towers (or coffins) for a good reason. Each story blurs the line between good and evil, such that the only true foe is misunderstanding. With clever wordplay and confused homonyms (hair/Herr; pea/pee), White makes it clear that spelling and meaning matter greatly. But staying alive matters most of all. Even when the plot is frightening, readers can rest assured that there's a joke around the corner. Short, adapted nursery rhymes separate stories and elicit chuckles. Occasional spot illustrations also provide comic relief with their cartoony, exaggerated quality. The real star of this romp, though, is the narrator. Equal parts Terry Pratchett and Lemony Snicket, the unnamed omniscient narrator relates each scarytale. Some stories are scarier (and cleverer) than others, but the consistency of tone will have readers eagerly flipping from story to story. VERDICT For larger collections. This book will circulate best where fairy-tale retellings—especially Adam Gidwitz's "A Tale Dark and Grimm" series—remain popular.—Alec Chunn, Eugene Public Library, OR - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2017 What do you get when you blend the bloodier, scarier appeal of fairy tales with zombies and vampires and then mix in broad humor based on linguistic mix-ups? A mash-up that will appeal more to fans of Goosebumps or Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (2010) than to those who like the Disneyfied tales. In White’s version, Rapunzel sports a Mohawk and is the proud owner of a very, very long snake named Herr; Snow White’s more likely to drain you dry than smile sweetly; and Cinderella is prone to arson—so no live cinders are allowed in her fireplace. The common thread that ties the stories together is the stepmother—just one—who tries her best to keep all her oddball stepchildren from wreaking complete destruction. Can her most unlikely charge, Jack, who infamously mixes up the ingredients of pease porridge with pee, actually save the day? Readers who like this kind of humor will eat it up (just don’t taste the porridge). A clever, if at times slightly disgusting, read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: White’s a reliable best-seller in YA, and she tackles a consistently high-interest topic in this foray into middle grade—an irresistible match. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.