Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales by Emily Jenkins

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There once was a frozen forest so cold, you could feel it through the soles of your boots. It was a strange place where some kisses broke enchantments and others began them. Many said witches lived there -- some with cold hearts, others with hot ovens and ugly appetites -- and also dwarves in tiny houses made of stones. In this icy wood, a stepmother might eat a girl's heart to restore her own beauty, while a woodcutter might become stupid with grief at the death of his donkey. Here a princess with too many dresses grows spiteful out of loneliness, while a mistreated girl who is kind to a crone finds pearls dropping from her mouth whenever she speaks. With empathy and an ear for emotion, Emily Jenkins retells seven fairy tales in contemporary language that reveals both the pathos and humor of some of our most beloved stories. Charming illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason add whimsical details that enhance every new reading.

Title : Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales
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ISBN : 0763665584
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 104 pages


Becky rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2017

First sentence: There was once a frozen forest, cold as cold ever was. Premise/plot: Brave Red, Smart Frog is a collection of fairy tales retold by Emily Jenkins. This collection features seven stories: "Snow White," "The Frog Prince," "Three Wishes," "Toads and Pearls," "Red Riding Hood," "The Th...

Kailey (BooksforMKs) rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

This delightful collection of familiar fairy tales is told with a fresh voice and enchanting writing! Including new versions of Snow White, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and several others that are less well-known, this book provides a crisp new look at these old tal...

Jaina rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2017

This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn. Like most people, I've always loved fairy tales. There's something really magical about reading the stories that have been honed through generations of telling and retelling, where magic exists and it usually teaches a lesson and bad people...

K.A. rated it ★★★☆☆

December 02, 2017

Fresh familiar and lesser-known fairytale retellings with a focus on interiority. Disclaimer: reviewing an uncorrected proof/eARC via NetGalley. This covers some well-known (Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White) and lesser-known fairytales with the author's unique spin and a sket...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

July 23, 2017

This is an interesting, but not terribly novel, retelling of fairy and folk tales. Like the author, I took classes on the oral tradition of story telling, and thus, like the author, I am well aware, as she points out in her afterward, that these stories were told, and retold, and tweaked with eac...

Carla rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2018

I've always loved fairytales, including fractured fairytales and retellings. This book is a collection of seven tales, some very familiar (i.e. Red Riding Hood) and some you may not have heard of (i.e. The Three Great Noodles). The author stuck with the basic plot or premise of each tale, but add...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2017

I love tales. And these seven fairy tales, are presented as stories, one might tell during story hour. Why did Red believe the wolf was reliable? Did you know Snow White's Mother had two other possible names for her? Why do you think the enchanted frog loved the princess? I like that the writing...

Josiphine/Tessa rated it ★★★★★

October 28, 2017

Absolutely charming. These are not retellings as much as rewritings. I love it.

Karin rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

I really, really liked this collection of fairy tales, slightly re-told but still faithful to the originals. Modern but not too much so, these short stories give a teeny bit more insight into the sometimes perplexing classics.

Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 07, 2018

RATING: 2 STARS (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY) (Review Not on Blog) This is a retelling of fairytales. For me, it was nothing new or exciting, but I do like the classics.

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