Rump: The True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin

15766776Author: Leisl Shurtliff
Category: YA, Retelling
Pages: 272
Publication Date: April 9th, 2016

Of the many re-tellings of fairy tales that there are out there this one was wonderfully done.

Since the original story places an importance on guessing Rumpelstiltskin’s name, it is only fitting that the retelling of his story focuses on the power of names. And Rumpelstiltskin’s mother died before she had given him is full name, leaving him only to be known as Rump. You can see what kind of jokes were made at his expense growing up.

This story covers so many different themes. There is the obvious one of “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

There is the concept of not believing everything that is told to you about a person or not subscribing to racial stereotypes.

There is the concept of being careful what consequences your actions will bring. The future is an unsteady thing and a seemingly innocent action now can still cause unseen repercussions if you are not careful.

Dani’s 2¢

I am not sure where to begin with this book. I liked it alright while I was reading it but in writing a review for it I am finding all new things to love.

I feel like I have read a lot of children’s or “middle grade” books this year between all the Percy Jackson books and starting out the Last Apprentice series. But I actually think that I enjoyed this one the most (sorry, Greg!).

The original Rumpelstiltskin story (as far as I know it) is really short and fairly simplistic. This expounded on it and I loved noticing all the little things from the original fairy tale woven into this story.

There seems to be a sort of trend, perhaps not a new one though, of retelling old stories from the point of view of the villain. This one kind of takes the cake for me (not that it was hard to beat Disney’s Maleficent…).


8-really liked it

Greg’s Thoughts

The story of rumplestilskin is an old one and this book is very well done in the telling of it. To be honest’ this is one I didn’t finish simply because it never seemed to click with me. The author has a great writing style and the story was fun. There wasn’t anything that grabed my attention and said read me!!!



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