by Michael Mullin
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!
Michael Mullin’s TaleSpins is a trilogy that offers alternate telling of some of our favorite fairy tales. The tales in this short novel share versions of Snow White, The Frog Prince and Jack and the Beanstalk. Filled with humor and moral lessons, Mullin delivers each tale in a sing-song verse that I thoroughly enjoyed. Three word review: original, humorous and engaging.
The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf– This was a clever tale about Creepy the 8th dwarf from Snow White. Creepy isn’t well liked by the other seven dwarfs,and his life is quite sad. Creepy shares with us his encounter with Snow White and I found myself laughing aloud. The reader gets to see her in a whole new light.
The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny– Mullin’s version of the Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Hansel and Gretel. A young princess named Penny is tired of being an outcast and decides to seek revenge against her former friend Darcy. Finding an ad for a witch she seeks her out to cast a potion on her way she meets Jinks at a bridge and the tale that unfold was funny and filled with lessons.
Jack’d– This was a clever modern day twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is a thief who robs the giant. The giant is a doctor who lives in the penthouse of a building downtown. Mullin tells the tale from both POV’s and gives them a unique voice by changing the tempo of the verse. Jack’d was a darker story than the other tales and more complex. I truly enjoyed it.
TaleSpins, while geared to young adult offers clever verse that even the most jaded adult will have difficulty keeping a straight face while reading this. It has been a while since I read a book in verse, and Mullin does a fine job. Of the three, the Eight Dwarf’s tale had the most simplistic verse but was the funniest. It flowed easily from the tongue and had me giggling. My favorite tale was Jack’d. I loved the dime store detective tone and complex verse. The tales are short and perfect for reading during a Halloween party or around a campfire. Each offers a moral, some humor and clever twist on our beloved fairy tales.
Fans of retellings and darker humor will get a kick out of TaleSpins. Perfect for young and old readers alike.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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