1 Aug 2013



Source: Received from the author. * Please note the details supplied are for a Kindle edition of the book. I was honoured to receive a paper copy.

Meet Creepy and discover the truth behind the Snow White story you thought you knew.

A teen princess hires the Frog Prince witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school.

A giant who lives high above ground meets a boy thief in a modern, twisted retelling - with beans. 
..... Outer back cover

FIRST SENTENCE (8: The previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf): The stories we pass down from parent to child
Were once filled with darkness, but somehow turned mild. 

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 13: 8: The previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf): He wouldn't have believed it if he hadn't seen it.
She broke into their home to do nothing but clean it.
The above may contain slight spoiler. Highlight (or not) as you so wish. PW

MY THOUGHTS: Another surprise read and one of my favourites of 2013.

Not usually enamoured of either re-tellings or poetry I was totally taken aback by just how much I relished this trilogy of alternative fairytales and re-tellings aimed at the Young Adult market.

Comprising three tales told in verse. TaleSpins tells the story of Creepy (the eighth dwarf) who, locked in the basement, endeavours to save a rather dim Snow White from her fate at the hands of an 'old visitor'. Followed by that of Penny, a teenage princess who hires the Frog Prince witch in order to get revenge on the school's Mean girl, the book ends with the adventures of Jack, a 'punkish teen' thief.

Fresh, funny and not just for young adults, I'm sure this will be appreciated by a much wider audience. I know I laughed until I cried at the exploits of Creepy the 8th dwarf in particular.

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Kelly said...

I've read some re-tellings of fairy tales in the past and enjoyed them. This sounds like one I would enjoy, as well.

Claudine G. said...

Hi Petty, how've you been? I thought I could grow fond of retold-fairytales but so far haven't had much luck with them. This one sounds promising. Maybe it'll be the one, huh?

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

I did comment that I might give your last review post for 'The Bookman's Tale' a try, as it didn't seem to be too much of a re-hash of Shakespeare's life. This book however is probably one step too far for me to contemplate reading it, despite the fact I could do with a good laugh!

This re-telling, re-hashing, plagiarization, or whatever term the author wants to apply to it, of classic works of literature and classic authors, is really becoming something of an obsession with me just lately.

If an author really can't think of anything original to write about, then why bother!!

I respect your review and thoughts about the book, your opinions are always clear and concise.


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds like a fun book. I enjoy retellings and I like to see where they take things we already "know" about. :D

DMS said...

This sounds like something I would like. It has actually been on my list of books to read since I first saw the cover. I am glad it was so fresh and funny. Yeah! I hope I get to read it soon. :)

Brian Joseph said...

I too am not that crazy about retellings but this one sounds imaginative. I like the idea that it is in the form of verse.

Nikki-ann said...

Sounds good! I might pick this one up when I've got some money :)

Gina R said...

Oh yes...how could I forget about Creepy? Actually read that one back when it was a stand alone; enjoyed it but definitely meant for YA or adult audience. As for the other two...curious indeed. Thanks for the share!

Suko said...

This does sound appealing,! Excellent review as usual.

I have been on a short break but am back. :)

Kalyan Panja said...

lovely reading the review...looks interesting!

Naida said...

Now this sounds like a fun read! Creepy the 8th dwarf? lol