Tale Spins 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!
Praise for Tale Spins
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.
TaleSpins was like walking into a vintage store and finding a true treasure. This book takes the fairytales we all grew up on and gives them an interesting and modernized version that I enjoyed.
My Thoughts on TaleSpins:
I’m a fan of fairytale retellings, and I particularly like them when a new spin is put on the story. But if you completely twist the story—as in making it twisted, I get some kind of perverse pleasure out of it. I’ve long been a fan of Miss MaryPennynickle’s Tales of Torment for Toddlers, wherein sweet children’s tales are twisted. So I was excited when I had the chance to read TaleSpins by Michael Mullin.
Mullin has three tales here, one based on the opposite of Snow White, and the other two a sort of meshing of several different stories. The tales are all told with poetry. Personally, I think the stories would have been more effective had they been written out as a story rather than told in poetry, but that’s just me. The rhythm of the poetry threw the stories a little off to me. That being said, I liked the stories. I liked the dark, twisted side given to them by Mullin. He’s a bit macabre, and that’s something I can appreciate!
These stories are not for children, nor for the faint of heart. But if you have a slightly dark sense of humor, you’re going to enjoy the adult-size TaleSpins. I know I did.
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.
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