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Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

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For anyone who's seen Walt Disney's Snow White, you'll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it's not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don't know many people who have acted upon it.)

Now, for the first time, we'll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here's a hint: the ...

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Overview

For anyone who's seen Walt Disney's Snow White, you'll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it's not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don't know many people who have acted upon it.)

Now, for the first time, we'll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here's a hint: the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror is not just some random spooky visage-and he just might have something to do with the Queen's wicked ways!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423106296
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 31,346
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past eight years with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales published by SLG Publishing. Her most recent work, Nightmares & Fairy Tales: 1140 Rue Royale has earned her critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domain, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonists. She has also written the play The Bride of the Mummy, presently in pre-production in New Orleans. Currently she is writing two new comic book series, Enchanted and Hell's Caf , as well as two short films based on fairytales for the independent film company End of Sky Productions. Fairest of All is her first novel.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

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    A Fascinating Opportunity To Discover Why The Evil Queen Is So Very Evil

    Classic Disney films were magical for many reasons. Part of what made those films so memorable was the portrayal of the villains. Villains such as Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" and Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" simply do not exist anymore, as political correctness and the dumbing down of children's entertainment now dominate culture.

    Fairest Of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino is a glimpse into the life of one of Disney's most sinister villains, the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Known for her vicious plot to kill Snow White and remove her heart after the Queen's Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in the land, fans of this classic film have wondered for decades exactly why the Evil Queen is just so evil. Fairest Of All provides an explanation in the form of a prequel to the original tale.

    The daughter of a talented maker of mirrors, the woman who is to become the Evil Queen is a simple person of low self-esteem, suffering the ridicule of her father after he blames her for the death of his beloved wife during childbirth. When the King takes interest in the renowned crafter's mirrors and visits his shop, he meets the mirror maker's daughter and is enchanted with her, ultimately marrying her and welcoming her into his kingdom as the Queen.

    Initially, the relationship between the King's daughter, Snow White, and his new bride, The Queen, is exceptional. Although unrelated by blood, the two are as close as any biological mother and daughter would be. These are during times of war, and the King is not one who leads his troops from a distance. He prefers to be on the front line, battling along with his soldiers for protection of his kingdom. He often leaves the castle for months at a time, leaving his Queen and daughter behind to spend time with one another bonding and sharing each other's company.

    As is expected, events turn, and the relationship between the Queen and her stepdaughter slowly disintegrate. Valentino offers explanations and insight into the psychological state of the Queen as she descends into depression and madness. Long-held questions are finally answered. Why is it that the Queen practices witchcraft and magic, and how did she enter into those practices? Who is the man in the Magic Mirror and just how did he come to be there? Why does the Queen hate Snow White so very much?

    Although promoted as a book written for young adults, adult fans of Snow White and the Disney villain will take pleasure in this novel as well. The Disney villain is a critical component to most Disney films. Fairest of All is officially published by Disney, thereby making it the official account of the tale of the Evil Queen. Disney would do right to publish similar tales, such as the tales of Maleficent and Cruella De Vil.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    If your a disney freak

    if your a disney freak like me, who still watches disney movies at the age of 15 then you will really like the book. its untold story of the wicked queen in snow white. while reading the book i made connects with the movie and it woked completely every detail from the cook followed up with the movie, and it was just so interesting to read because it was kinda like " oh yea that makes sence" so if even a bit interested in reading the book, put it at the top of your list its a fast read and just over all amazing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book i read in like 1 day! AMAZIMG! She needs to write more books

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

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    This book was the bomb! I couldnt stop reading it, the writer was obviously trying to make sure it all fitted with the story and it did. If you have seen the movie at some parts you will be like: "oh so thats what happened." Or "i knew it!" But mostly at the end it will be "awwww why did it have to end?" And "it was awesome! O my god! Dang!" Well, thats what i did btw...u wont be wasting your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    This book was my reading-aloud for a couple of months for my stu

    This book was my reading-aloud for a couple of months for my students in Santiago, Chile in 4th. They really loved it! Not only they were able to learn about a different character, but also, enjoy every scene in the story. It's a very interesting story, because it's sweet and scary at the same time. They wanted me to stop my English lesson just to read this book (and to be honest, me too!) We so want to read the second part... but it doesn't exist! Serena Valentino, if you read this, can you please, PLEASE, write a second part? A must read for someone who wants to have a different point of view of the "evil, but human" witch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

    This was a very good book. It dives further into the story of Snow White and explores the reason that the Wicked Queen is really wicked. It sort of gives you a behind the scenes look as to what the Queen truly thinks and feels about Snow White and the real reason why she is jealous of her beauty. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy fractured fairy tales and a good adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    Pretty Good

    I think that this book just isn't my style because I don't have anything negative to say about the book. I was just kind of bored reading it. The characters were good and it held pretty true to the classic story near the end. I recommend that anyone who is thinking about this one pick it up and read the first few chapters in the store just to make sure you are going to like it. It is very "Disney" I hope that explains it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Nice twist on the story we all know

    Die hard evil queen fans will love this book. It is the answer to why the Queen is the way she is. It gives a great insight into her story without breaking the mold we all know and love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Amazing Work!

    I bought this book on Monday, Oct. 26. I did not read it until the following day at school. And I immediately fell deeply into the story. I saw the characters as they appeared in the movie, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. But for some I had to imagine them on my own. And with the amazing detail Selena gave I could see the characters clearly in my mind. I was taken to a world that I wanted to know more about. I could not stop turning the pages. At school I would read the book, at home I would read, and sometimes even in public. This book in general is amazing. It fits so great with the movie that I think they should make a movie out of this book, well at least make a movie about the Wicked Queen. In a part in the book I actually cried. I understand now why the Queen became so evil and veil. It was her obsession with the mirror, her father's approval, and her longing to be known for her beauty...of which she did not believe she possessed unless the Magic Mirror, her father, said it was true. The art work for this book is amazing and the main reason why I was drawn to the book in the first place. But even reading the tiny detail on the opening flap, I was transfixed to this book and had to own it. This book is amazing and I HIGHLY recommend it to all who read. Selena did an amazing job in this book. It's going down as one of my favorites. <33

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Awesome!!

    I got this book about a week ago and I just finished it. It was awesome! I love to read fantasy books, so I thought that this was going to be a really good read. I was right!!! This book is kinda sad, but it lets you know why the Queen is reffered to as "evil" in the Disney Classic, "Snow White and The Seven Drawfs". After all the queen has endured, I don't blame her for being so wicked! Serena Valentino has created a new twist on an old classic! Keep writing!!

    Keep Reading Everybody!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    An amazing descent into madness!

    As an avid reader of the retelling of fairy tales I was completely drawn to this title. I of course was drawn by the cover art, but once I picked it up I could not put it down. Miss Valentino weaves us a fabric of love and madness, vanity and betrayal. We as readers can revisit a classic tale with a twist. Who but Miss valentino could have looked into the mind of this eternally thought of "Wicked Queen" and shown us that it was her love and loss that drove her to envy Snow White. I reccommend this title to teens and adults alike. We can learn how differently death can devestate someone and how the focus of surface beauty can be very very dangerous. This title can not only be enjoyed for the grand piece of literary work that it is but it can also be used to teach a very valuable lesson. To embrace your loved ones when loss occurs and not isolate yourself and become wrapped up in who or what you are. I look forward to seeing what is next from this very talented author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    fairest of all

    loved it! this book reminds me of the song "snow white queen" by evanescence. you find out why the queen is the way she is and why she tried to destroy snow white. loved the story! the cover is amazing; under the book cover is the old hag. loved the ending. this book is great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book. Once I began reading it I just cou

    I absolutely loved this book. Once I began reading it I just couldn't put it down.  I was anxious to see what happened and couldn't wait to find out. It also gave me some insight into the Evil Queen and a greater understanding into how she became what we all know her to be in Snow White. I also love how the Magic Mirror came to be and the explanation and role it plays in the Queens life. I highly recommend this book. 

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    This book was published by Disney to preceed the May 30th releas

    This book was published by Disney to preceed the May 30th release of Disney's film of the same title.  Maleficent is the evil fairy who enchants the princess Aurora, making her into Sleeping Beauty.  The story of how and why she comes to that decision is detailed.  Although readers of Sleeping Beauty may think of Maleficent as a human, this book brings back the notion that she is, in fact, a fairy.  A quick, easy read for the intended audience who will enjoy a different look at a story they may remember from childhood.  This book follows Disney's book,  Fairest of All:  A Tale of the Wicked Queen (adapted by Serena Valentino, c2009), the story of the evil ruler from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The mostly-black cover and 5 1/2 x 7-inch size will make the book unique in look; the arresting cover illustration means the book won't stay long on the shelf.  This light read will be a hit with preteen girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Sweet

    When i saw the movie i was like"whaaaaaaaaat why is it like that!"i know what you are thinking!"what dose she mean!"yeah i am a girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Wonderful!

    A great story with a great untod lesson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Reminde

    This reminds me of the kingdom keeper series. AKA overtakers (OTs)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Fairest of all

    It seems like a good book I would read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Tap Here

    Who is the man in the magic mirror

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    The story of Snow White always intrigued me. But the Wicked Quee

    The story of Snow White always intrigued me. But the Wicked Queen as always by far my most favorite Disney character. I had always wondered what made her so vain, evil, and reached. Well this book tells you EVERYTHING you want to know. It was honestly a tragic tale of a who who had a very bad childhood. It also made me think why she didn't just through the mirror when she had the chance. Many questions I still have, But this by far an amazing book. I highly recommend this book to all Disney Villians lovers. Valentino really should make one about the Queen of hearts, or even Jafar!

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