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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff

15766776Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Liesl Shurtliff
2013 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780307977939
Genre – Fractured Fairytale
Age – Elementary, Middle School
3.8 Stars

What’s in a name? This is the question that has been bothering Rump for his whole life. He lives in a place where your name is your destiny. With his mother’s dying breath she spoke his name, Rump. However, he gets the feeling that it isn’t the whole name. Now he is incessantly made fun of for a name that is another word for butt. On top of that he is small, and he is poor. He scours The Mountain to find gold that he can trade for food, but he never finds very much. Then when he finds an old spinning wheel he discovers that he can spin gold from straw. What could be the harm in that? Maybe his magic has more consequences than he knows.

The was a super cute book. It was a fast moving and familiar tale. The Fairies and Trolls are hilariously creative and they add a lightness to a book that is actually kind of dark. All of the side characters and the stories that go along with them are my favorite part of the book. I also love that Rump’s best friend is named Red (can you guess where she comes from?) I like the message that you control your own destiny, and even if you make mistakes, it doesn’t mean you can’t right your wrongs. I also like the play on the original fairytale. It is nice to see Rump be a hero instead of an ugly, greedy, icky hobgoblin! It is good, however, that you don’t have to know the original story in order to enjoy this retelling. It can definitely stand on its own!

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