Author: Edward CarpenterRecommended Age: young teens and older
Pages: 9 (3000 words)
Reviewed By: Tara Fox Hall
Get ready to root for the bad girl in this short story that gives the dreaded "evil queen" from your favorite fairy tales her own voice. Good? Bad? Misunderstood? Love her or hate her, you won't be able to ignore her, or to put this book down until you're finished.
I just loved this well written, humorous short story! Told from the POV of the “wicked” queen, it drew me right in, beginning with how the wicked queen got shafted by her new husband, and then by her stepdaughter. I was laughing aloud by the second page, and couldn’t wait for the ending. I was only sorry this was a very short story, so it didn’t go on longer.
I identified with the queen immensely, and was rooting for her all the way. I really enjoyed how the author brought in unrelated fairy tales, like the Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and others, as not only did that add more humor, it made complete sense the way they were tied together in this story.
If the sap of fairy tales has every annoyed you, this refreshing story is just what you need to make you feel better. I’ll never watch another Disney movie without thinking of this story.
Lecherous dwarves! Well-endowed huntsman! Siegfried the enforcer! This is not a good book…it’s a great book!Parents:
Language: Any swear words, derogatory terms, questionable language - none
Adult Content: a few sexual innuendos
Violence: a few inferred violent acts, but these are straight from fairytales, so I’m not sure how they could offend