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From the Hardcover edition.
The Denver Post, May 6, 2013:
“A startlingly original book.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013:
“As good as gold.”
School Library Journal, May, 2013:
“A beguiling take on a classic tale.... This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.”
BookPage, April 9, 2013:
“Shurtliff takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head, interspersing humor with tenderness, action with insight. Rump shows the other side of Rumpelstiltskin, one of the most vilified characters in fairy tales, and reminds readers that in a good story, very little is as it seems.”
"Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold—she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat."
—Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky
"Lighthearted and inventive, Rump amusingly expands a classic tale."
—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven
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Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Type of book: Young reader fantasy/fairytale.
Is this a part of a series, If yes, which number? Not part of a series.
Summary: Rump’s mother dies in childbirth and he never knows the full name that she gave him before she died. He grows up with his grandmother who loves him very much but his life is not an easy one. They are very poor and Rump has to dig for gold in the mines every day just to put a little bit of food on the table. Because he’s small, Rump gets picked on by the other kids in the village on a regular basis. His only friend is Red, a strong no nonsense girl who sticks up for Rump when she can. When Rump finds an old spinning wheel he discovers that he has the ability to spin straw into gold. He thinks that all his problems are solved but he quickly realizes that gifts can become curses in the blink of an eye.
*Rump: He is so sweet and you just feel for him throughout the story. I found him to be a very relatable character.
*Red: Spunky and strong. I loved her so much. Plus she is very smart and caring. Rump couldn’t have picked a better friend.
*Gold hungry pixies.
*Rump’s Gran telling him to spin gold in his heart.
*”A Stiltskin is magic at its greatest. Pure magic, un-meddled-with and more powerful than any enchantment or spell.”
*Rump’s Gran tells him the story of Snow White. I love when fairytale stories bring other tales into them. I find it really fun.
*Rump’s aunts Hadel, Balthilda, and Ida are really fun to read about and it’s sweet the way that they care for him.
*I liked the importance of names in the book.
*Mard and the other trolls are a wonderful part of this book. They live simple happy lives and they are very smart. They take care of Rump when he needs it the most.
*I love that Rump says that meanness is a choice.
*Overall Rump was a very well written story with a sweet cast of characters. I flew through it and I think that readers will really enjoy this enchanting tale.
Problematic bits: I feel like Rump may be a little on the heavy side for some young readers but that is the only issue I had with it.
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Not enough new stuff in this story to really keep it interesting. However, I really liked the trolls in this book. Red seemed to be a pointless character. Overall, not really impressed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2013
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