Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Review: Whatever After Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

Published by: Scholastic
Released on: May 2012
Source: ARC from publisher at ALA
Ages: 8 & up
4 stars: I Enjoyed It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Series: Book 1, Whatever After Series

A fresh, modern spin on a classic fairy tale--from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski! Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . . Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn't die, she won't get to meet her prince. And then she won't get her happy ending. Oops. Now it's up to us to: Avoid getting poisoned- Sneak into a castle- Fix Snow White's story. And then, fingers crossed, find our way home. -quoted from Goodreads

A fun spin on a beloved classic, Sarah Mlynowski takes what I loved about Snow White and gives this adventure a hilarious, modern day spin. 

What if you had a magical mirror and it transported you into your favorite fairy tale, only not everything happens how you remembered it? That's exactly what happens to Abby and her younger brother Jonah. Only they don't end up in the Disney version of Snow White. When they're pulled through the magic mirror that lies in their basement, it some how puts them in the middle of Snow White's story. Their being doesn't just alter the way story is told, it could change the way it all ends. 

Don't worry, it doesn't change everything. This story still includes an evil Queen who's set on killing Snow White, a talking mirror, a Prince, and a Huntsman. There's also 7 dwarfs, but they're not Happy, Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey and Bashful. These 7 dwarfs a little different, but they non the less will do whatever they can to help Snow White. And the Prince? That's just say this charming fellow gets a little help in this story as well.

This is a fairy tale mix up fans of all ages can enjoy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in Sarah's new MG series, Whatever After. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~