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Ever since Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine introduced the magical village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the faraway Kingdom of Biddle, young readers have been laughing their way through her hilarious retellings of famous and not-so-famous fairy tales.Now, for the first time, the six beloved Princess Tales are together in one magnificent volume:The high jinks begin inEver since Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine introduced the magical village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the faraway Kingdom of Biddle, young readers have been laughing their way through her hilarious retellings of famous and not-so-famous fairy tales.Now, for the first time, the six beloved Princess Tales are together in one magnificent volume:The high jinks begin in The Fairy's Mistake, which pokes fun at a meddlesome fairy whose plans for good go terribly awry. In The Princess Test, the author spoofs the notion that a pea can prove a person's pedigree. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep features a genius of a princess, a hundred years of snooze, two princes, and a flock of balding sheep! Cinderella is a boy in Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, and the glass slipper is a glass hill. In For Biddle's Sake, Parsley tries to forget her beloved prince and get used to life as a Biddlebum Toad. The road to happily-ever-after isn't easy when a baker's son and a princess fall in love in The Fairy's Return.Elements of the classics are woven into these not-so-typical retellings of "Toads and Diamonds," "The Princess and the Pea," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Princess on the Glass Hill," "Puddocky," and "The Golden Goose." The fresh and funny twists on favorite fairy tales will win the hearts and capture the imaginations of young readers everywhere....

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The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-19 00:48

    Reviewed by Andie Z. for TeensReadToo.comGail Carson Levine is well-known for taking familiar fairy tales and weaving them with her own magic. THE FAIRY'S REUTRN AND OTHER PRINCESS TALES is no exception. In this collection of the six popular Princess Tales, Levine has rewritten six familiar (and some not-so-familiar) stories until they are virtually unrecognizable. In THE FAIRY'S MISTAKE, which is based on the fairy tale "Toads and Diamonds," two very different sisters are each granted a gift by the fairy Ethelinda. Ethelinda feels that her gifts are both well-deserved, so it comes as a great surprise when she discovers that neither gift brought the results she had planned. THE PRINCESS TEST, which is based on "The Princess and the Pea," tells the story of Lorelei, a blacksmith's daughter, and the prince who falls in love with her. However, the prince's father is determined that his son should marry a princess, so he designs a series of tests to ensure the bride's pedigree. Nicholas still wants to marry Lorelei, but how can she ever pass the tests if she's not a real princess? PRINCESS SONORA AND THE LONG SLEEP is based on "Sleeping Beauty." As a baby, Princess Sonora is granted many gifts, each fairy trying to outdo the others and bestow the best gift. As a result, Sonora is a beautiful, precocious young child, and she decides to wait until the opportune moment to prick her finger, which will put the castle to sleep for one-hundred years, as promised by the fairy Belladonna. Her plan, however, doesn't exactly go as planned. In CINDERELLIS AND THE GLASS HILL, which is based on "The Princess on the Glass Hill," Cinderellis is a lonely boy inventor who is ignored and made fun of by his brothers. Princess Marigold is equally lonely, and wishes she had someone to talk to other than her cat. When Marigold's father decides that it's time for her to marry, he puts her on a glass hill that suitors will have to climb, and it will take Cinderellis' best invention yet to win her hand. FOR BIDDLE'S SAKE is based on "Puddocky," and tells the story of Parsley, a young girl who loves eating parsley. Unfortunately, the only place that parsley grows is in the garden of the fairy Bombina, who is in jail for turning too many people into toads. When Bombina is released and Parsley is accidentally turned into a toad, she must find a way to make the most of the situation, and maybe even help someone else along the way. In THE FAIRY'S RETURN, which is based on "The Golden Goose," the fairy Ethelinda is back, and she's nervous about giving any more gifts. But when a baker's son and a princess fall in love and the king forbids their marriage, she just has to do something! So she hopes that everything goes well and gives the baker's son a golden goose. All six of these stories were absolutely wonderful, full of humor, magic, and love. If you're a fan of ELLA ENCHANTED or THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE, you definitely shouldn't miss this book!

  • Joy
    2019-04-27 06:55

    Gail Carson Levine is in the same vein of writing as Robin McKinley. She does takes on fairy tales. This book is a collection of short stories based on fairy tales or folk tales. These stories take place in the land of Biddle and you will find it amusing that the kings and queens generally have the same name...with corresponding roman numerals at the end."The Fairy's Mistake": One girl is rewarded for doing good, the other punished by a fairy but the reward seems to be a punishment and the punishment seems to be a reward. "The Princess Test": A take on The Princess and the Pea"Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep": A take on Sleeping Beauty"Cinderellis and the Glass Hill": Cinderellis is a boy who invents powder for different things which is useful when the princess can only be married by climbing an extremely slippery glass hill."For Biddle's Sake": Parsley is accidentally turned into a toad which comes in handy when the prince shows up trying to find ways to finish his quest to become heir to the throne ahead of his two lying, fighting, twin brothers. "The Fairy's Return": The princess has fallen in love with the baker's son. The king does not like this and orders that the first person to make her laugh will become her husband. A take on the golden goose.

  • Candi
    2019-05-13 04:42

    Alright I really liked this book in all it's silliness. I didn't like the Princess Test when I first read it, I was put off by it's shortness and silliness, but I have come to appreciate it. In a world of self-absorbed, self-important young adult literature, this is just fantastic. I especially like the first story with the girl who speaks with bugs and lizards-great. One caveat is that I got a little tired of the three stories about youngest sons where the oldest two sons were only friends with each other. One of the stories made the brothers seem a little gay with their special looks and smiles for each other. Fine, I guess, but brothers? Anyway, read it, six little stories that are just fantastic.

  • Nina
    2019-05-06 05:10

    Warning: This review may contain spoilers.After reading a few fairy tale re-tellings of other authors, I can't help but go back and compare them to Gail Carson Levine. No matter what anyone says, Levine is incomparable. She is really great (the best, maybe?) when it comes to weaving quick, fun and enjoyable fantasy stories.This book contains 6 short stories by Levine: "The Fairy's Mistake", "The Princess Test", "Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep", "Cinderellis and the Glass Hill", "For Biddle's Sake" and "The Fairy's Return".I do have Levine's "The Princess Tales, Volume I", which contains the first three short stories that are in this book. Just yesterday when I went to the book store, I stumbled upon "The Princess Tales, Volume II", which contains the last three short stories in this book. Aside from that, I had also found this book.I was torn between buying "The Princess Tales, Volume II" or this one. In the end, I chose to buy this one since it was cheaper and it WAS the complete collection of Levine's Princess Tales.Now, moving on to each individual story!"The Fairy's Mistake" is based on "Toads and Princesses". There are two identical twin sisters who have very different personalities. One is sweet and kind, while the other is rude and mean. A fairy rewards the first sister and punishes the other. However, the fairy's initial plan backfires when she finds out that neither gift brought the results that she had wanted.I do like this story. It has its hilarious moments and it was very enjoyable. It was my favorite story in "The Princess Tales, Volume I". It's funny though, because prior to now, I had never heard of "Toads and Princesses"."The Princess Test" is based on "The Princess and the Pea". Lorelei is a sweet, but absurdly picky girl. However, despite her faults, Prince Nicholas does want her to become his bride. But Nicholas' parents insist on him marrying a real princess and devise various tests to assess a princesses' legitimacy. Will Lorelei, a mere commoner, be able to pass the princess test?I'm really impressed by how Levine managed to add a great background to this popular fairy tale. I was really fascinated with the different tests that each princess had to take. I wish there were more tests!"Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep" is based on "Sleeping Beauty". When Princess Sonora was a baby, she was granted with many gifts. The most evident one- intelligence. But she was also given a curse- when the time comes, she will be pricked by a spindle and will have to fall asleep for 100 years until a prince comes to wake her up with a kiss.From the first 3 stories, this one was the one that impressed me the least. I did like the first half of the story- where Princess Sonora was still a kid, going on with life in her little eccentric ways. But when the real plot starting taking place, my interest dwindled. There were too many names which made the story confusing."Cinderellis and the Glass Hill" is based on "The Princess on the Glass Hill". Cinderellis and Princess Marigold are two lonely children. Cinderellis, a young inventor, yearns to be accepted by his brothers. Marigold just wishes that her father would stop going on quests and stay home with her. When a contest to win Princess Marigold's hand in marriage is announced, many men come in order to try their luck in climbing up a slippery glass hill with their horse. Cinderellis joins in the hullabaloo too, using his best inventions.It was hard thinking of a summary for this one. I didn't like this story. What a disappointment. It was the first new Levine fairy tale that I've read today. And it really did not appeal to me. Maybe it's because I've never heard of the original fairy tale before. Or maybe I'm just privy to horses. I don't know. I just hope the last two stories are better than this one."For Biddle's Sake" is based on "Puddocky". Parsley loves eating parsley. Her love for the food has caused her teeth to turn parsley green. But that doesn't stop her from charming anyone with her dazzling smile. Through an incident, she is turned into a frog and must find a way to break the spell.I don't remember liking anything in particular except for the prince. He was certainly different from all the other men in the other five stories. It was a nice and welcome change."The Fairy's Return" is based on "The Golden Goose". Robin loves making people laugh and Princess Lark loves to laugh. Together, they'd make a perfect pair. The only problem is that Princess Lark's father is dead set against his daughter marrying a commoner and makes up difficult challenges in order to throw Robin off.This was a simple short story. It didn't have confusing details, and it felt quite short. The jokes were also a nice addition. I did find myself being amused by one of the jokes. I thought that the ending of this short story wrapped up this whole book quite well.And that's that!I finished this book in one day. This counts as one day, seeing as it is just midnight. After reading this, I can still say that I stand firm on my belief that Levine makes great fantasy stories. I loved "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" and "Ella Enchanted". The only thing that I haven't read is Levine's "Fairest". I will remedy that, though.Although these stories were short, they were all certainly very sweet in their own way. I liked how all six of the short stories were subtly interconnected with one another. That makes me feel better about buying this book (which has all six of the stories), rather than me buying "The Princess Tales, Volume II".Overall, this was a great book. All of Levine's works have a sort of magic. I think this book deserves 5 stars, although one of the stories did disappoint me. I suggest reading these stories slowly. You can't rush magic.

  • Churin
    2019-05-15 01:11

    You know that author that you couldn't help but love because you've been loving their books since you were an itty-bitty baby? Gail Carson Levine is that author for me. I couldn't help it, my very first two favorite books is written by her. So, although none of her later books made it to my favorite list, I still hold them close to my heart! In this collection of fairy tales retelling, GCL tells stories of misshapen that happened around six (supposedly) familiar fairy tales. I've recognized some, but I definitely have no clue about some other.The stories are:- The Fairy's Mistake (very familiar but I don't remember what is it) - The Princess Test (The True Princess or The Princess and The Pea) - Princess Sonora and The Long Sleep (Sleeping Beauty) - Cinderellis and The Glass Hill (Cinderella mixed with The Princess on the Glass Hill. Maybe lol) - For Biddle's Sake (no idea T_T) - The Fairy's Return (The Golden Goose) Out of the six, I definitely LOVE Princess Sonora and For Biddle's Sake the most. I hate the concept of helpless damsel Sleeping Beauty and Princess Sonora is definitely one of the most creative Sleeping Beauty retelling I've ever read. I love the other stories as well, of course. Well, let's just say I just love anything written by GCL ^^Would I recommend this for younger children? Definitely! The narrative is really flowing and the plot is really interesting without being too difficult to enjoy. My cousins loved this 😆

  • Grace Bittle
    2019-04-26 04:01

    Well done.

  • Madeline Rose
    2019-05-02 08:59

    These are all so fun! The Fairy's Mistake - 5/5This one is possibly my favorite out of the bunch! Rosella and Myrtle are both great in their own way. And Nicholassohad it coming to him...The Princess Test - 4/5This one though!! Lorelei is so precious and such. Got quite a few laughs out of me. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep - 4/5This was so hilarious! Sonora is a know-it-all of mass proportions and it's a riot! Cinderellis and the Glass Hill - 3/5This one didn't stick with me as much as the others... I remember really hating the brothers, though.For Biddle's Sake - 3/5I vaguely remember this one...I remember gettingreallyannoyed with Parsley...But she did have a change in the end. The Fairy's Return - 4/5 This was so sweet! Robin and Lark are so cute together and Robin is hilarious. All in all, I got quite a few laughs out of this, which is totally good with me! 4/5.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-29 07:11

    3.5 starsThis was really cute. I had read the first three stories before in another volume, but the last three were new to me. Some of them were better than others: my favorites were "The Princess Test" and "For Biddle's Sake" (a Rapunzel and Frog Prince mash-up! So good). Others seemed a bit hasty with the conclusions. They were all light and fun. I loved how she connected all of them by having them set in the same places and having some characters (or their descendants) interwoven.

  • mary Ethington
    2019-04-29 05:49

    darling for young girls. It has several (6)short princess stories that can be read fairly quickly. My nine year old and I read these stories together the first time and now she is reading them again on her own. I also love the hard cover copy, it looks nice.

  • Tara
    2019-05-04 06:54

    Lots of humorous, fairy tale shorts. I enjoy Levine's writing style and humor.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-24 00:50

    Book title: The Fairies Return and Other Princess TalesAuthor: Gail Carson LevineThe setting takes place at a water well where Rosetta goes to. She happens upon a fairy at the well. The fairy gives her magical powers and gems are able to flow from her mouth when she speaks. There are other fairy tales in the book in the other chapters and each has a different main idea or theme. The author's writing made it difficult to put the book down at night and go to sleep. I had dreams about the fairies and their magical land. It was a good book overall. The strength of the book was that the various stories tied together. One weakness was the impossible mental picture of the jewels coming out of Rosetta's mouth. The rating that I gave the book was four stars. It was an easy read and kept my attention.

  • Danielle Routh
    2019-05-06 05:59

    Had to finish up with the sequel. "Cinderellis" is definitely the weakest story and drags on too long; "For Biddle's Sake" will always be my favorite. I do wonder if we're entering a period where stories like these that subvert tropes will soon become a trope that needs to be subverted.

  • aem
    2019-04-24 02:04

    Great stories.

  • Meredith
    2019-04-27 07:05

    The kind of book made to be read out loud to kids in goofy voices. I can't wait till I have kids to read it out loud to.

  • Deevena Jemima
    2019-05-08 08:04

    The fairy tales with a little twist to the original stories were interesting to read.

  • Anastasia
    2019-05-23 03:42

    I haven’t read it recently, but it just appeared on my updates and I remember it being one of my favorite books when I was little!!

  • Raechel
    2019-04-29 03:43

    Six short stories revolving around the Kingdom of Biddle and beyond.

  • Kereesa
    2019-05-10 03:56

    Listen. GCL is my gal. She's my all-time favorite fairytale remaker. And this anthology is just awesome. Hilarious, clever, and nicely cheeky.

  • Cat
    2019-05-05 06:01

    I very much enjoyed Gail Carson Levine's "The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales" which is all six of her gloriously wonderful "Princess Tales": The Fairy's Mistake, The Princess Test, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, For Biddle's Sake, The Fairy's Return. These retelling of some famous and some not so famous fairy tales all take place in the magical Kingdom of Biddle and a bit in its village of Snettering-on-Snoakes.The first story that kick off these brilliant tales is The Fairy's Mistake (1999) which retells the story of Toads and Diamonds. This retell tale is somewhat different from original as those who've read both The Fairy's Mistake and Toads and Diamonds would know. Although both stories were great I like Gail's version better; it's funny, creative and has a good lesson that under lines it (not that Toads and Diamonds doesn't but you know). For this story alone I give it 5 stars.This Second story The Princess Test (1999) is a fun retell of the famous The Princess and the Pea; this tale takes place about a hundred years after The Fairy's Mistake. This tale is funny(and silly), creative and just lovely; once more Gail's version is awesome, hands-down (though that's just my opinion). For this fun tale I give it 5 stars.This is the third tale Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (1999) is a grand retelling of the famous tale Sleeping Beauty. This retelling is fun, funny and silly, creative and sublime, also pretty truth to the story it was based off of. Both versions are great and this time Gail's retell and the original are in a tie (Sleeping Beauty is one of my favourite fairy tales after all). So I proudly give this retell 5 stars.This is the fourth tale "Princess Tales series", Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (2000), which is the retelling of The Princess on the Glass Hill. But this retell is also a bit of a spin on an old favourite Cinderella; if you read Cinderellis and the Glass Hill you'll understand, heck you'd probably just understand by the story's name (it's cool when you think about it). This retell for many reasons is interesting, fun/funny, silly and creative. For all its glory, I give this tale 5 stars.This is the fifth tale, For Biddle's Sake (2002), originally I thought this story was a retell of The Princess and the Frog but when I looked into it, it was actually a retell of Puddocky; if you read the story, you may understand my confusion. None the less, like the rest of Gail's "Princess Tales", it is fun/funny, silly, creative, lovely and hands-down awesome. So I give For Biddle's Sake 5 stars.The Fairy's Return (2002) is the last story of the "Princess Tales series", a retelling of The Golden Goose which Gail says herself is and I quote "a perfect fairy tale" (don't believe me then check out: http://www.gailcarsonlevine.com/pt_fr...). Gail also said "This was a challenge!" and I think she did an outstanding job on this tale; it was fun, the jokes were funny, and overall creative twist on an old tale. So I give the last of the "Princess Tales series" a 5 star.This is a book I will want to share with my children someday and I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves Gail Carson Levine's stuff, like to laugh, loves fairy tales, loves love stories, and appreciate the good retelling of old classic tales.

  • Andie Z
    2019-05-20 00:53

    Reviewed for TeensReadTooGail Carson Levine is well-known for taking familiar fairy tales and weaving them with her own magic. THE FAIRY'S REUTRN AND OTHER PRINCESS TALES is no exception. In this collection of the six popular Princess Tales, Levine has rewritten six familiar (and some not-so-familiar) stories until they are virtually unrecognizable.In THE FAIRY'S MISTAKE, which is based on the fairy tale "Toads and Diamonds," two very different sisters are each granted a gift by the fairy Ethelinda. Ethelinda feels that her gifts are both well-deserved, so it comes as a great surprise when she discovers that neither gift brought the results she had planned.THE PRINCESS TEST, which is based on "The Princess and the Pea," tells the story of Lorelei, a blacksmith's daughter, and the prince who falls in love with her. However, the prince's father is determined that his son should marry a princess, so he designs a series of tests to ensure the bride's pedigree. Nicholas still wants to marry Lorelei, but how can she ever pass the tests if she's not a real princess?PRINCESS SONORA AND THE LONG SLEEP is based on "Sleeping Beauty." As a baby, Princess Sonora is granted many gifts, each fairy trying to outdo the others and bestow the best gift. As a result, Sonora is a beautiful, precocious young child, and she decides to wait until the opportune moment to prick her finger, which will put the castle to sleep for 100 years, as promised by the fairy Belladonna. Her plan, however, doesn't exactly go as planned.In CINDERELLIS AND THE GLASS HILL, which is based on "The Princess on the Glass Hill," Cinderellis is a lonely boy inventor who is ignored and made fun of by his brothers. Princess Marigold is equally lonely, and wishes she had someone to talk to other than her cat. When Marigold's father decides that it's time for her to marry, he puts her on a glass hill that suitors will have to climb, and it will take Cinderellis' best invention yet to win her hand.FOR BIDDLE'S SAKE is based on "Puddocky," and tells the story of Parsley, a young girl who loves eating parsley. Unfortunately, the only place that parsley grows is in the garden of the fairy Bombina, who is in jail for turning too many people into toads. When Bombina is released and Parsley is accidentally turned into a toad, she must find a way to make the most of the situation, and maybe even help someone else along the way.In THE FAIRY'S RETURN, which is based on "The Golden Goose," the fairy Ethelinda is back, and she's nervous about giving any more gifts. But when a baker's son and a princess fall in love and the king forbids their marriage, she just has to do something! So she hopes that everything goes well and gives the baker's son a golden goose.All six of these stories were absolutely wonderful, full of humor, magic, and love. If you're a fan of ELLA ENCHANTED or THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE, you definitely shouldn't miss this!

  • Nash Norden
    2019-05-10 03:08

    The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales is a collection of fairy tales that are retold by Gail Carson Levine. The book contained six princesses’ short stories — The Fairy Mistake (Toads and Princesses), The Princess Test (The Princess and The Pea), Princess Sonora and The Long Sleep (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderellis and The Glass Hills (The Princess and The Glass Hills), For Biddle’s Sake (Puddocky) and The Fairy’s Return (The Golden Goose).I was a bit skeptical after reading the first story, The Fairy Mistake. I knew that I’ve heard the story before and I wasn’t expecting that Levine would do a good job on retelling other stories. But halfway through the book, I fell in love with Levine’s Princess Sonora and The Long Sleep — Levine’s version of Sleeping Beauty. This story is my favorite among all of them. In this version, Princess Sonora was granted with intelligence. She can talk when she was just a baby. Instead of avoiding herself from the curse where she would be prick by a spindle, she decided to prick herself when the right time comes. But then, an accident occurred…The story was short and sweet. I kind of like Levine’s style in this book as compared to the last book I read from her, Ever. But I probably enjoy it a bit more if I were a child.Book Review @ ai-books

  • Lacey Louwagie
    2019-04-26 02:04

    Things that would have made me like this book better:1. If I would have been reading it aloud to a 10-year-old. It would have been fun to giggle with a kid over some of the dialogue, and the sentences were short and well-constructed, making it a perfect read-aloud book.2. If I had known all the fairy tales Gail Carson Levine was parodying. I was only familiar with a couple of them -- and I like retellings when I can appreciate them as retellings. As plain ol' stories, they're just a little weird. 3. If all 6 stories hadn't been in one book (yeah, I know, that was the point). But I felt compelled to read the whole thing start-to-finish, and Good Lord, as fun as these stories were, THEY GOT SO REPETATIVE.4. If I hadn't moved straight (no pun intended) from Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men to this one. I think I was Fairy-Taled out.Gail's quirky characters and her sense of humor were what kept me going, because there wasn't a lot of originality as far as the storytelling went. Still, I'm keeping this book around for that fateful day when I can hopefully read it aloud to someone. :)***

  • CekMoNSter
    2019-05-13 07:51

    Another book from GCL..*dreamy*..I love her..For writing such awesome fairytales retelling.. To be honest, this one book compiles six stories..Which are all awesome...GCL had putten me on edge through my read because of the way she tweaked and twisted each stories..Each one has different twist..The Fairy`s mistake was a story about 2 different girl who had been cursed. One with a reward for her kindness, and another with punishment for her rudeness..Sounds tacky? Not really cause there`s something unexpected happened to them..The last one though, was a bit mushy on my side..The loves of harrummph king towards his daughter..lol..But it was funny...harrumph here, harrumph there..lol... I still can`t get past the jokes..But the one that stole my attention is Cinderrellis and the glass hill..A very twisted version of cinderella and the glass slippers...To make it even more interesting, the poor girl happened to be a boy...Which is pretty awesome, considering that it was kind of unique...All in all, I had enjoyed myself in reading this..Good read! Nuff said~

  • Nicole Lawson
    2019-05-20 04:04

    "The Fairy's Mistake: 10/10 - Some times a fairy's gift isn't always great and a punishment isn't always bad. This story proves that what we do with our circumstances and how we treat others has an impact on how well our lives go. It's a fun, cute story with a important message.""The Princess Test: 9/10 - A fun twist on the princess and the pea. Lorelei is so funny to me.""Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep: 8/10 - Hmm I didn't quite get a lesson out of this one. More of just a story, but a cute play on the sleeping beauty tale.""Cinderellis and the Glass Hill: 8/10 - A fairy tale with a boy main character, I like it! A good gender swap. The glass hill seemed even more fantastical to me than I guess I was expecting lol but still good.""For Biddle's Sake: 8/10 - Overall a fun tale with an equal split of male and female protagonist. Plus some well deserved justice lol""The Fairy Returns: 8/10 - Some really funny jokes are in this one. Gonna have to save a few to share with friends. Great for preteens!"

  • Lauren
    2019-04-28 02:01

    Ever since I started my research for my fairy tale essay, I've wanted to reread these stories. They are told in a traditional removed perspective fairy tale style, but are still totally adorable. I just love them so much, they are soso cute and really, just cute. I always read them in a random order. I laugh out loud reading these in class, especially "The Firy's Return" for some reason the combination of King Harrumphry and jake making up couplets that don't rhyme just get to me.............................................These stories are hilarious!! All the kings have unique quirks and all the stories are funny and light hearted. I love the different takes on many more or less known fairy tales. I especially love the fairies and how they are bound by fairy law to punish or reward someone if they help them. My favorite of the stories is "The Fairy's Return", but I also love "Cinderellis and the Glass Hill".

  • Karin
    2019-05-09 07:43

    I liked these stories. I liked how both the prince/ princess and their love are smart, kind people. My fav was Cinderellis.The only thing I didn't like was that these stories were about generations of the same family. That means that Cinderellis becomes King Harrumphry IV, a twat who uses harrumph instead of words and confuses his court. Not how I (or the epilogues of the stories themselves) pictured 'happily ever after'.But if you're not noticing these details- a child might not- they are very witty fairy tale retellings!

  • Janus the Erudite Artist
    2019-05-12 07:48

    Being a girl who grew up reading fairy tales, I’m always open to read more of it; so there’s no question why I grabbed a copy of this book.I love it! It may be childish and all but I’ve always been completely drawn to these types of tales. Levine’s tales were enjoyable and although I saw some significance to the classics from the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen, I still adored them. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com

  • Oliviabieber
    2019-05-15 08:53

    THE HIGH JINKS BEGIN IN THE FAIRYS MISTAKE WHICH POKES FUN AT A MEDDLESOME FAIRY WHOSE PLANS 4 GOOD GO TERRIBLY AWRY.IN THE PRINCESS TESTTHE AUTHOR SPOOFS THE NATION THAT A PEA CAN PROOVE A PERSONS PEDIGREE.PRINCESS SONORA AND THE LONG SLEEP FEATURES A GENIOUS OF A PRINCESS A HUNDRES YEARS OF SNOOZE TWO PRINCES AND A FLOCK OF BADLINFG SHEEP!CINDERELLA IS A BOY IN CINDERELLAS AND THE GLASS HILL.IN FOR BIDDLES SNAKE PARLSELY TRIES TO FORGET HE BELOVED PRINCE AND GET AND GET USED TO LIFE AS A BIDDLEBUM TOAD.THE ROAD TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER ISNT IN LOVE IN THE FAIRYSRETURN.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-16 02:01

    This a collection of fairy tales that are new versions of some classic stories including Sleeping Beauty, the Princess and the Frog, the Princess and the Pea, and the Golden Goose. Several are based on some less well known stories. I found it interesting to compare the classic versions to those included in the book. It is nice to see the protagonists all use their intelligence and wits to reach their goals. There is some clever wordplay to amuse adults and older children and the tales are all well written and delightful to read.

  • Lara
    2019-05-18 06:53

    This is a fun collection of fairy tales redux. The twists are clever, the characters are sweet, the females aren't stripped of power as is traditional fairy tales, and they all lived happily ever after. The only reason that I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars was the fact that I found some of the word play to be irritating rather than endearing (for example, one of the kings in the stories always speaks in synonyms, and another one always 'harrumphs' instead of speaking clearly), but that's just me.