“Rump,” by Liesl Shurtliff (one of my “Just To The Side” books)

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January 27, 2014 by dangemeinhart


This is one of my “Just To The Side” books (what does this mean?)

AR:  4.4

Lexile:  660

Pages:  258

Genres:  Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Magic

Imagine, reader: your mother dies before she can finish saying your name, so you’re known only as “Rump.”  Raised by your grandmother in a magical kingdom full of witches, pixies and gnomes.  You have no friends except for Red, a tough girl with a bad temper, and no great Destiny ahead of you except for shame and loneliness.  That is, of course, until you discover that you can spin straw into gold…

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is a totally creative re-imagining of the classic “Rumpelstiltskin” story we all know.  But in this version there is a lot more magic, a lot more humor, a lot more drama – and a lot more fun.  Poor Rump is our hero, not the villain, and he has to face just about every danger and mystery imaginable to save his skin and save himself and his friend from the magical curse he inherited.

Witches!  Trolls!  Pixies!  Meat Pies!  Babies!

Rump is a super-original story.  Author Liesl Shurtliff builds a magical world that I totally believed in, with tons of little touches that made it seem both more real and more fantastical (the gnomes, pixies and trolls especially stand out). Rump is a great main character who can never seem to catch a break, but who you can tell is bound for a greater destiny than what he’s had so far.  The author does an awesome job of weaving in all the fairy tale stuff we expect to make the story familiar, but with just the right mix of creative clever twists to keep it fresh and new and entertaining.  It’s a fairy tale with the fun turned way up.  The reason it’s a “Just To The Side Book” is that it’s maybe a little long and wandering in places.  If you like your stories straight and fast, like whitewater rafting, you may lose interest in this one; but if you like stories that swirl and circle and take a winding course (like I do), you’ll love getting swept away in this one.  Rump is a bestest book, just to the side a bit.


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