by Leisl Shurtliff
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fractured Fairy Tale
Synopsis: In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, twelve-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-as much gold as he wants! His best friend, Red, 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 might triumph in the end.
from the back of the book
Natalie's Review: I really like this book because I like how they solve the problem that Rump had. This is the true story of who Rumpelstiltskin is. In the first place Rump didn't have part of his name but at the end he finds out his name. Other people would like this book because it is kind of funny and that it has fairy tale characters in it like Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood. There were pixies in the story and they were funny because they would bite people when someone stepped on their nest or when people gold.
Noah's Review: I thought this book was spectacular because I like mixed up fairy tales and ones that are made funnier and better. This book is better than Rumpelstiltskin because it tells more about Rump's life and how he learned how to spin straw into gold. I also liked that he didn't know his name and how he learns his whole name at the end. People who like made up things and stories that are based on other stories will like this book. I rated this 4 stars because there weren't exciting events that happened in the first few chapters.
Editor's note: There are many fairy tales and characters that are alluded to in this story but the book never comes out and says that other fairy tale characters are in the story. These were just passing comments and not connected to the story but it is interesting to see if kids can figure out what character/fairy tale the author is referring to.
Natalie's Rating: 5 stars
Noah's Rating: 4 stars