With Once Upon a Time getting ready to start again on Sunday, I figured this would be a good week to review a different fractured fairy tale.
I am placing Rump in the rule breaker category because it is not a teen book, it is in fact written for the 8-12 year old crowd. But, if there is something about Grimm’s Fairy Tales that you find intriguing, I would highly recommend this book. My family and I (ages 8-43) listened to it in the car and we all enjoyed it. In most version’s of the tale Rumpelstiltskin he is portrayed as an evil baby-stealing fiend. This story, however, makes you think twice about that stereotype.
It all starts with Rumpelstiltskin as a boy whose mother died in childbirth and was only able to breathe out part of his name – Rump. This name has been a burden his whole life, as other kids tease him and give him wonderful nicknames, like Butt. Rump is being raised by his wonderful grandmother and he spends most of his time trying not to be noticed by other kids. Everything changes when he accidentally stumbles upon a magic spindle that allows him to weave straw into gold. Rump sets out on a journey to learn his true name and gets wrapped in a web of magic that forces him to accept any bargain that is made. This story is wonderful and it makes you think twice about supposed villains and their intentions. It includes fun fairy tale elements like gold-loving pixies and rather nice trolls and trees with poisonous apples.
This was Liesl Shurtliff’s first novel and she said that she is looking forward to writing more fractured fairy tales and I am looking forward to reading them!