Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Grump: the fairly true story

Grump: the fairly true tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff. 304 p. Knopf Books for Young Readers/ Penguin Random House, May 29, 2018. 9781524717018.

Publisher synopsis: Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed “Grump”) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.
     At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .
     When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He’s bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He’ll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that’s enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

Two fifth graders did a happy dance in the library the other day when I told them this was coming. Their only disappointment is that they have to wait until May. Mine is the cover. Honestly not loving it, especially compared to the others. It has too much of a Disney vibe to it what with the palette and that cutesy rabbit. Still excited for the story though. 

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