By Liesl Shurtliff,

Book cover of Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin

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This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. New York Times Bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff "spins words into gold [Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor winner]."

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an…

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2 authors picked Rump as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff is a funny and poignant fractured fairy tale based on Rumpelstiltskin. It breathes new life into a character that has been typecast in the past as somewhat one-dimensional. I love that this author made tweaks to the original tale and brought another fairy tale character, Red Riding Hood, into the mix as a support system. I love the idea of origin stories that make readers think twice about judging supposed villains. Imagination abounds from this author, and the reader learns so much about Rump throughout his journey; both strengths and internal wounds that can be healed.…

Imagination + fairy tales. Back to younger readers for this recommendation. I love this creative spin on a familiar fairy tale, beautifully written and filled with humor. “Read fairy tales and more fairy tales,” Einstein is famously quoted as saying when asked for book recommendations for children. He understood the importance of creative imagination to intellectual curiosity. Me? I just love a good story, with an edge of humor, that takes me on a new journey.   

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