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I know, I know, Fairy Tale February was last month, but I saw this Rumpelstiltskin retelling and just had to read it…and I’m so glad I did.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin” by Liesl Shurtliff is an enchanting, delightful read, with lots of good humor. I mean, just take a look at this tag line:

In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke.

Here’s the basic premise: Rump’s mother died minutes after his birth, and before she could announce his full name. She whispered it in baby Rump’s ear, but only managed to tell the others the beginning, “Rump,” before she passed away.

Years later, Rump is being raised by his grandmother, who assures him that one day he will find his full name…and his true destiny. Then he discovers a spinning wheel that once belonged to his mother, and learns he has the ability to spin straw into gold. He thinks he’s found his worth, but thanks to the greedy local miller, and the even-more greedy king, instead Rump finds he’s spun himself into a whole tangle of trouble.

What I loved most about this book was how it kept all the traditional elements of Rumpelstiltskin: the talking in rhythms, the spinning of straw into gold, the need to say his name to break the curse, and of course the whole baby thing…but it turns them all around, and weaves them together in a completely unique way. Also the world building is really fun: there are gnomes who deliver messages, pixies who are obsessed with gold, and trolls who purposely enhance their foul reputations so the humans will leave them alone.

How about you? Read any fun, light-hearted books lately?

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