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Posted December 10, 2010
Gary Schmidt's Straw into Gold begins with the classic retelling of the old-time fairytale, Rumpelstilitskin. However, rather than the queen being able to keep her first-born child as expected, she is unable to guess the funny man's name and he takes the child from her. Years later, the story takes off on the quest of the queen's lost son, Tousle. Tousle is given seven days by the King to save his own life by completing the task of answering the puzzling riddle: what fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold? Hunted by the prosperous Great Lords and the puzzling King's Grip, Tousle and his friend Innes must find the banished queen while hoping and praying that she will know the answer to the riddle. What they don't realize is that this adventure will lead to more than one riddle being solved.
Gary Schmidt's adaptation of the childhood fairytale, Rumpelstilitskin, in Straw into Gold is completely refreshing and creative! I loved his new take on that classic "what if" question in terms of the possible opposing outcome of the characters from the original tale. Though the story was somewhat hard to follow at times, it kept my attention and has the potential to be loved by readers of all ages. Gary Schimdt's real strength is his ability to captivate audiences and readers with his story-telling skills. He is able to create a strong sense of emotion and does a fantastic job in developing his characters by helping the reader to fall in love with them as much as he did. I would readily recommend this book and any other works by Gary Schmidt.
Posted November 30, 2010
I found Gary D. Schmidt's Straw into Gold to be pretty entertaining. When I decided to read this book, I knew that I was picking up a book geared towards young adults and that is exactly what I got. It will not be one I read and read again, but it did exactly what I was expecting it to do - it entertained me. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy all kinds of fantasy or medieval-type stories. For example, I chose to go to Medieval Times for my 18th birthday. If that sounds completely lame to you then you might not enjoy the background of this story. However, the book mainly focuses on the adventure of two young boys that have set out on a heroic task. Much of the book is spent as the boys hurry to complete this task within one week while avoiding people sent to stop them. This scenario does create some excitement and I found myself hurrying to read another chapter after I told myself I was done for the day. I would say one of the overall themes of this book is simply love. The riddle that the boys set out to answer, "What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold," ends up having a sort of lame, mushy answer. But let us be serious, who does not love a little mushiness every once in a while? The ending of the book put me into a good mood and I was left with a desire to give my husband a big hug. So, if you want to be entertained by a short read this may be a book to look into. There is even a mysterious feel to the novel, and I found a twist in the story that I was not expecting. It is a good book, a good young adult fiction book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2001
I REALLY liked this book! ;) It is definitely a book that I want to be seeing sold everywhere! It's a twist on the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, and explains why the little man wanted the baby prince so badly. The ending is a complete surprise and it's a great present for anyone with magic in their heart. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2009
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