TaleSpins by Michael Mullin

October 17th, 2013 Kimberly Giveaway, Review 82 Comments

17th Oct
TaleSpins by Michael Mullin
by Michael Mullin
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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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82 Responses to “TaleSpins by Michael Mullin”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun Glass, and different. Hope you get to try them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are short, and lyrical and quite different from any retelling..i loved the snark.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad I could introduce you to them Jenea and hope you enjoy them!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was so different, from the prose to the snark, I think peeps would be surprised at how much they enjoy it.

  1. Hillary R.

    I love fairy tale retellings! But the only type of retelling I’m into right now is Beauty and the Beast the show on tv because I haven’t read anything yet. I would like to start soon though! 😀

  2. Andrea

    I don’t generally love fairy tale’s, or retellings, but this does seem very cool. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kim!

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  3. Traci

    Love, love, love!!!! The stories sound fab!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      poor Creepy 🙁 Thanks Kim, this was perfect for fall 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Debbie this was fun, I loved that it was in verse 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was so unique from the verse to the characters. It is an easy read and will appeal to young and old. Thanks Melissa!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Christy and Love of Books first introduced me to it, and it is fresh and unique. Hope you get a chance to try it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha, I enjoyed Jack’d and Creepy was equally delightful. Thanks Mary 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun, and had even snark to appeal to adults as well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun, and a fast read due to the verse. Enjoy Heidi!

  4. Braine Talk Supe

    His take on Jack’s story sounds interesting. Is it funny? I found the tale version morbid but funny in some ways. I usually steer clear of retellings, there’s only a handful that’s good but this one sounds dark with a touch of humor. I think I’ll enjoy reading the stories.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is both dark and funny, there is snark throughout the tales that made laugh. While it is geared towards young adult, it is like Shriek where there is adult humor mixed in.

  5. Anita Yancey

    I like fairy tale retellings if they are done well. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Anita, I love them too. This was unique and I loved that it was in verse.

  6. Holly Letson

    I haven’t really read that many, but this sounds interesting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too Pamela, and with it’s verse and dark humor this was a fun, easy read.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you get a chance to read them Shelly, and good luck!

  7. Jess

    I love fairytales and retellings. This book sounds like such fun and each tale interests me. Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to read these- so winning would be awesome. 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Jess, these were fun and win or lose I hope you get to read them 😉

  8. Lori Ha

    Yes I do and have seen reviews for several books with a similar idea. It seems to be the “in” right now.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was unique from the verse to the take on tales. I hope you get a chance to try them, thanks Lori 🙂