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but writers needn t talk down to their audience to achieve that accessability Here the writing styles writers needn t talk down to their audience to achieve that accessability Here the writing styles bare bones writing and gimicky twists so most of these selections are cutesy and immatureNot all of the stories fall victims of these weaknesses Gaiman s Instructions is a brilliant and magical meta fairy tale and my favorite in the collection Cadnum s Mrs Big feels empty but nonetheless has a clever voice and fresh take on the subject matter Vaz s The Kingdom of Melting Glances is based on Portuguese egends which may be new for many readers and Koja s Becoming Charise is an empowering story for black sheep despite hammering home its meaning and fairy tale aspects As this collection is such a swift read there s no harm in picking it up to read the better selections But on the whole A Wolf at the Door is a waste of time There s potential in the collection s premise but the selections are Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback lackluster and someike Sherman s clich d The Months of Manhattan and Webb s gimmicky Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens are downright bad Spend your time on other better retellings I don t recommend A Wolf at the Door 25 stars The average rating was 24 ish so rounding down to 2As an avid reader of YA and Children s Eternal Quest lit I know how horribly wrong a anthrology of children s short stories can go Typically some of the contributors will be adultiterature authors and they The Widows Little Secret ll think Children s stories Easy peasy All Il need is 1 A Resurrection Year lesson kids need toearn 2 A kid protagonist 3 A plot with stuff From nearly traditional to far from the inspiring base 13 authors sprout new The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department lives from old hearts I will seek to set individual works on Favorite shelf from 5 authors met here I hope an illustrated version comes out even if tinyike Angela Barrett s chapter headers in Amy Schlitz s The Night Fairy However text stimulates imagination enough to visualize ourselves 1 The Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherman5
Magical Bad Luck Teaches Old bad uck teaches old in new way Fun from NYC expertLiz Wallach was a pretty good kid happy iving with divorced dad in NYC New York City Upper West Side until a painting comes to Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, life in a forgotten corner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and wishes her Gooduck triggering envy of whiny new older step sister Beth Dodson view spoiler Cosmopolitan cast of 12 seasons ask each girl how they Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, like every season reward Liz s enjoyment punish Beth s complaints with Theuck you have asked for is yours Happy ending because Beth slowly earns to find joy and become a pretty good kid hide spoiler. Fter Snow White ditched them for the prince Do you sometimes wish Cinderella hadn'. Right On Red by Carly Monardo Why don t PEOPLE WRITE FAIRY TALES LIKE THIS I WAS DISAPPOINTED write fairy tales ike this I was disappointed this book and didn t find the revamped fairy tales very enjoyable The tales that followed closely their better known counterparts were acceptable but brought nothing new to the tableview spoilerWorth ReadingInstructions by Neil Gaiman Props to Gaiman for this creative poem It was a ight hearted readThe Seven Stage a Comeback by Gregory Maguire Perhaps the most ambitious of them all Another poetic endeavour that is worth a ookCinder Elephant by Jane Yolen Moral If you Aguecheeks Beef, Belchs Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections love a waist you waste aoveThe Kingdom of Melting Glances by Katherine Vaz This came from a story I hadn t heard before I enjoyed itHansel s Eyes by Garth Nix Nix doesn t disappointThese Were OkayFalada The Goose Girl s Horse by Nancy FarmerA Wolf at the Door by Tanith Lee A ion in wolf s clothing The story was alright but not terribly memorableThere s Nothing New HereThe Months of Manhattan by Delia ShermanSwans by Kelly Link A retreadThe Twelve Dancing Princesses by Patricia A McKillipDon t BotherMrs Big Jack and the Beanstalk Retold by Michael CadnumAli Baba
and the Forty Aliens by Janeen WebbBecoming Charise by Kathe Koja This Ugly Duckling tale felt incomplete Good the Forty Aliens by Janeen WebbBecoming Charise by Kathe Koja This Ugly Duckling tale felt incomplete Good but I completely missed the fairy tale aspect hide spoiler pretty good interesting 4 the short stories in there it ooks creepy on the cover but it s not 2 bad actuallyRecommended ages 11 up Cinderella is plus sized Jack s giant s wife tells the bigger side of the story Hansel and Gretel stumble upon video game store and Neil Gaiman provides instructions for surviving in a fairy tale many of the selections from A Wolf at the Door are transparent fairy tale retellings with a single twist or a new setting be it an ice age or aliens They may catch the eye but most of are empty and gimmicky with immature writing styles There are some exceptions and Gaiman s poem in particular is a gem but on the whole A Wolf at the Door is a waste of time
I don t recommend itMany of the selections in this anthology get two things wrong retold fairy tales and don t recommend itMany of the selections in this anthology get two things wrong retold fairy tales and adult iterature By fleshing out the tale with realistic characters and detail andor by taking a new and meaningful twist on an old story retold fairy tales can be magical thoughtful altogether wonderful to read but they often must have that something new or compelling or meaningful in order to justify rereading a familiar story But in A Wolf at the Door the retellings are sometimes as bare bones as the original tales and often take gimmicky twists on the stories which are either hollow or attention catching than meaningful It s not enough to stick aliens into the story of Ali Baba or to insist that Moral If you ove a waist you waste a ove These retellings may cat. These are not your mother's fairy tales Did you ever wonder how the dwarves felt .
Instructions for reading this review1 This is optional Go find a copy of A Wolf at the Door2 Read Cinder Elephant by Jane Yolen Still opitional3 This is not optional Stand up and do a happy "Dance While Chanting Jane Yolen Rocks Jane "while chanting Jane Yolen Rocks Jane Rocks or Jane Yolen is GoldenThe best story in this collection without a doubt is Yolen s Cinder Elephant It is wonderful it is brillant it has a wonderful moral Honestly it is now my absolute favorite version of Cinderella ever It is worth the price of the book Honestly Buy the book for that one taleThis is not to say that the rest of the collection is bad Overall the stories are wonderful if a ittle on the sugery side at times It is after all a children s collection The second best story and the story without any true fantasy elements is Becoming Charise by Kathe Koja This story is simply about becoming who you are It is a very touching storyWhile the main theme of the collection is re told fairy tales the majority of the collection features female protagonists so it is highly recommended for girlsMost of the tales are geared for children there are however two entries that seem slightly out of place Gaiman s Instuctions is a beautiful poem but it is hard to see a
8 12 Year Old12 year Old It Strange Considering it Strange considering book has those ages Enduring Truths listed on the back cover Maguire s The Seven Stage a Comeback is of an adult story in fact it is an adult story It is an interesting take on Snow White but I don t see how children will connect or even understand all of it Maguire s tale seems to be geared towards parentsWhile the collection is geared towards children some of the tales have darker tones Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens is one of these The ending is not entirely happy ever after Nix s re telling of Hansel and Gretel has of the flavor of his Sabriel and is geared towards older childrenThe only false note in the collection is The Kingdom of Melting Glances This story seemed flatBut remember JANE YOLEN ROCKS I have alwaysoved fairy tales but it seems that my Myst love for them is actually deepening with age This collection of retold fairy tales did not disappoint There was something special and beautiful about every one Definitely an enjoyable read Memory is a funny thing I remembered oneine out of this whole book and it s not even here But it s still great Not every story is anything special on its own but there are a The Chinese Love Pavilion lot of wonderful authors combined here and together all the stories make a collection that s slightly magical and a bit creepy and everything fairy tales should be A short collection ofargely modern retellings of fairy stories While none are bad particularly none really stand or manage to shine new ight on the tales although Patricia McKillip s version of the twelve dancing princesses is rather ovely. T been so helpless and petite Prepare to see fairy tales from a completely new ang.