Kidsmomo Podcast #35: “Happily Ever After”

October 12th, 2010 by

We asked our fairy godmother for an awesome podcast to share with you guys — and boy did she deliver, if we do say so ourselves. (And we do, obviously. Because we’re the ones writing this, and we just said it.) From a town where fabled characters come to life to an underwater kingdom to an enchanted forest, we visit them all in our latest podcast, all about fractured fairy tales.

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  • Crime, once upon a time — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Under the sea and away in a castle — aka our dream fairy tale homes
  • Our twisted tale picks (Leaping Beauty and Beauty)
  • A book rec from YOU (Miss Spitfire)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is more mysteries, because October is Mystery Month! So send us a review of your favorite mystery book and check out our picks for Mystery Month last year, plus our new list of even more mysteries.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The Sisters Grimm

October 5th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Sisters Grimm series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Fractured Fairy Tales theme. For more on The Sisters Grimm, check out our “Happily Ever After” podcast.

What if your family was in charge of solving mysterious crimes — for fairy tale characters? Welcome to the world of The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley!

Fabulous Fractured Fairy Tales

September 29th, 2010 by

Hansel and Gretel as the original problem children? Rapunzel as a kick-butt heroine rather than a damsel in distress? Cinderella and Prince Charming in a troubled marriage? That’s right! It’s the Brothers Grimm meets The Twilight Zone in these surprising fractured fairy tales (in no particular order):

  1. Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire (Karen’s pick)
  2. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story) by Barbara Ensor
  4. Thornspell by Helen Lowe
  5. Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  6. The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli
  7. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale
  8. Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine
  9. Newfangled Fairy Tales by Bruce Lansky
  10. Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde

(And here’s a printable version of our Fractured Fairy Tales booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or hand off to your fairy godmother so she can pick ’em up for you as a little gift.)

UPDATE 10/12/10: We revealed the answer to our Fractured Fairy Tale Mystery Book Theater in the “Happily Ever After” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen make some terrible jokes about broken tails. (Fractured tales? Get it? Yeah…)

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