Category Archives: Fairy Tale

Beauty by Robin McKinley

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty follows a plain-looking girl as she takes the place of her father to be held captive by a hideous, but kind, beast. Over time their friendship grows, though every night when he asks her to marry him, she declines. At times the book drags on and includes a bit too much description. It is a very sweet story and tells the fairy tale in a unique way. I recommend it to teens and adults.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 53
Pages Read in 2018: 13,179
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)

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Robin Hood by Bob Blaisdell

Consisting of twelve stories, this is a book of Robin Hood tales aimed at young readers. The stories are short and simple. I highly recommend it to those who would like an introduction to Robin Hood.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 164 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 44,346
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for This School Year

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Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody

When Will Shackley’s castle is taken over by Sir Guy, Will ends up with the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest. He sheds his previous life to become Will Scarlet, but will not rest until he avenges the wrongs that have been done to him.

Will in Scarlet is a Robin Hood story, but instead of focusing on Robin, this one focuses on Will Scarlet. It’s an interesting twist on the typical stories. I found that I was totally drawn into the story. The character development was excellent. I highly recommend reading this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 161
Pages Read in 2017: 43,533
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for This School Year

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Chinese Fairy Tales by Frederick H. Martens

Chinese Fairy Tales is a collection of several short fairy tales from China. They are fun to read. Some have notes to clarify things that a western audience might not totally understand. I highly recommend it for children studying China!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 117 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 32,126
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a collection of fairy tales and poems made hilariously politically correct. Some are changed better (and are more funny) than others. It is a fun, quick read. I recommend it!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 86
Pages Read in 2017: 23,750
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (P in PEARL)

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Tales From Japan by Helen and William McAlpine

Tales from Japan contains nine foundational stories and fairy tales from ancient Japan. The stories are interesting and told so children can understand them. I recommend reading it to anyone, especially children, studying or interested in Japan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 57
Pages Read in 2017: 17,117
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Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian for School

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Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time is a collection of fairy tales (and the story of Pinocchio) retold politically correct to the extreme. Sometimes they are utterly hilarious. Sometimes they are a bit tedious. They are good enough to pass the time reading when you can’t really concentrate on a book.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 51
Pages Read in 2017: 15,423
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (O in DIAMOND)

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