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!
Author Michael Mullin
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.
Talespins is a 3 story fairytale retelling told in verse.
First Story up is 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf. This is the story of Creepy, the 8th Dwarf. He lives with his brothers in the house but because of his odd behavior his brothers decide to lock him in the basement. He has a little eye hole he can see out of and one day when a beautiful girl comes in he spies her through the hole. And so a different tale of Snow White comes to life!!
My Thoughts on this one :
I have to say that reading a book told in verse was so odd to start with but after awhile I didn't even know I was doing it. Its a real quick read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. I loved how the author took a well known story and added something extra to it. He has created a witty, funny and enjoyable story that any age will enjoy though it is geared at older kids.
Second story is The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny. This is about a Princess, who goes to a witch in the woods to get something to take revenge on her school bullies. She travels through the woods and comes to a bridge. There she meets an ugly troll who seems very helpful. When Penny steals from the witch though her life takes a dark turn.
My Thoughts on Story #2 :
This is another awesome story. Penny may be a princess but everyone treats her badly. She dresses as a goth and is a loner. She wants to get revenge but does she know the price she will have to pay?
Much darker than the first story but easily as good. Michael Mullin sure knows how to verse a great story. This will appeal to over 13s I think because of the issues it deals with. It also teaches us a valuable lesson, that revenge isn't always sweet!! He tackles bullying and social standing with wit and understanding.(See I can rhyme too ;)) Lol.
Final Story is Jack’d. This is about a doctor who lives in a penthouse. There is always an old man manning the elevators but one day there is a boy there called Jack. When the doctor goes to his penthouse he realised he was robbed and takes the elevator down to try and find the thief. He thinks he knows who it was since Jack was the only one there. Jack'd is told from alternating POVs which I liked. An original retelling that captures and enthralls you, Jack'd is thrilling and darker still than the first 2. I really enjoyed this one!
Overall a fun quick thrilling read. I enjoyed the fact it was told in verse and the stories were really enjoyable.
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