In YA Book Reviews on June 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm


Fantasy/©2013/272 pages/Stand-Alone Book/Recommended for ages 9-12

Publisher’s Comments:

This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. “A most magical feat,” writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, “Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold.”

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

A Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection, Rump is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm.

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of fairy tales retold, and this is one of my favorites. I love this incredibly creative and hilarious take on the Rumplestiltskin story. It hooked me from the beginning with its first line “My mother named me after a cow’s rear end. It’s the favorite village joke, and probably the only one, but it’s not really true.”  It was just one of those books I couldn’t put down. I always liked the original story, but I like this one even better. This story is aimed at the 9-12 year-old-set, but I think this is a book for anyone of any age who has an appreciation of fairy tales.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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  1. I found this cool book trailer on Rump: and thought that you might like it.

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