Category Archives: Fairy Tale

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
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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
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (O in DIAMOND)

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Traditional Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Traditional Irish Fairy Tales is a collection of ten stories from Ireland. They are all dreadfully dry and boring. There is no key for pronunciation of the names (some of which are very difficult to figure out). I did not enjoy it, nor did my 8-year-old who was assigned to read it for school. I do not recommend this book.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 46
Pages Read in 2017: 13,606
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Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian for School

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The Story of Awkward by RK Ryals

Verbally abused by her bipolar and alcoholic father and mercilessly bullied at school, Peregrine Storke uses her art talent to create Awkward, a world where nothing is wrong and everyone is happy. When she and her best friend’s brother drown in an accident, they are thrown into Awkward where things aren’t quite going so well.

The Story of Awkward is weird. It is also very enjoyable and uses a fairy tale to gently teach a lesson about acceptance and loving yourself. By about a quarter of the way through, I could barely put it down. I recommend it to teens and adults alike!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 22
Pages Read in 2017: 6525
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (S in AMETHYST)

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is a wonderful book for sharing Greek mythology with children. I can totally see why it is so popular. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. The stories and information are told in quite a lovely way. My 8-year-old son enjoyed listening to me read them to him very much and my 10-year-old often chose to listen in, too.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 15
Pages Read in 2017: 4524
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Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian in School

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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

The stories in Tales of the Peculiar are referenced in the Miss Peregrine books since most Peculiars grow up hearing them. The Splendid Cannibals is just odd (though sometimes funny and always interesting). The Fork-Tongued Princess has a good moral about human (or Peculiar) nature. The First Ymbryne tells how loops got started. The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts is a sweet love story. Cocobolo tells Peculiars to embrace their gifts even if they seem like a curse sometimes. The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s was my least favorite of the stories and just kind of tells everyone to get along. The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares really kept my attention and explained why sometimes you shouldn’t try to save everyone else. The Locust is a nice story of loving family members no matter what. The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea warns of the consequences of using Peculiar abilities in front of Normals, but also the joy of finding someone else like you. The Tale of Cuthbert is the story most known by Miss Peregrine fans since it tells of the beginning of Miss Wren’s Menagerie. The stories read fast and give more depth to the Peculiar world. I high recommend it to all Miss Peregrine fans!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 87
Pages Read in 2016: 22,760
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