Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Author: Vivian Vande Velde

First line: Once upon a time, before pizzerias and Taco Bells, there was a troll named Rumpelstiltskin who began to wonder what a human baby would taste like.

Why you should read this book: The problem, as identified by the author, is that the original story just doesn't make sense: what would compel humans to behave as the humans do in this old tale? In six original, humorous, yet focused stories, Vande Velde finds six solutions to attribute believable motivations to the characters. Light-hearted, but intelligent fantasy for young readers.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've ever sacrificed your only child in a misguided attempt to make yourself look important.

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