Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fairest of All- Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Fairest of all
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Yes
Rating: 5/5

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.


This is Mlynowski's first middle grade book and I certainly hope it is not her last.
Abby and her little brother Jonah have been recently moved to Smithville by their parents. Abby is not happy about the move but appears to be making the best of it. One night shortly after moving into their new house Jonah discovers a mirror in the basement while exploring. Abby is finally convinced to see the mirror after he states it is hissing and they are sucked into the fairytale of Snow White.
Jonah and Abby are struggling to find their way home when they stumble across Snow White and save her from eating the poison apple. Good news for Snow White but bad news for the prince she will now never meet. As Abby and Jonas struggle to find a way to fix the fairy tale they also have to figure out how to get home before their parents notice there gone.
This story follows the story of snow white pretty well and talks about both the original fairy tale found in the Brothers Grimm and the Disney version.  I enjoyed how it poked fun at the cheesy parts of the story. Yes Snow White cannot be the brightest girl if she keeps falling for her evil step- mother’s plan to kill her. The author also inserted her own thoughts about what should be added in such as Snow White’s cooking skills and the name of the mirror.
The characters were realistic and fun. The characters that were frustrating got poked fun at and made you love them more.  This is one of the best fairy tales re-telling I have read ever.
This is a super cute, quick read. It’s a perfect light summer read.

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