Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink

 Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes 
edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink
October 2012

Book Jacket Summary
In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.

My Thoughts
Now this a book that you do not want to read when you are already sad or down because it will make you cry. When they say dark tales, they really mean dark tales. Although, there are some with a bitter sweet ending and an occasional happy ending. That being said... I loved this book and the dark tone! It was such a gothic feel with retellings of Mother Goose rhymes. They were original and wonderful. Michelle Zink and Georgia McBride did such a good job at picking the very best stories and writing two of the best themselves.
Some of my favorite include: As Blue as the Sky and Just as Old by Nina Berry which is based on Taffy was a Welshman. Aderyn has always felt alone and an outsider since she was found in a dumpster as a newborn. The newest foster home is just like all the rest and she longs for escape. When her only confidant, Mrs. Davis, is killed in a hit in run Aderyn turns to the new boy but instead learns about her past and also learns that she is stronger than she ever thought.
In One for Sorrow by Karen Mahoney (from the nursery rhyme of the same name), Rose is visited by a crow at night and knows that it is more than an ordinary crow. How can she break the curse of the witch and save her own broken heart?
A Ribbon of Blue by Micheele Zink made me cry and I have to say that is was the most beautiful and bitter sweet of the stories. It is about Ruby, who has CP and walk with a limp, and how she looks forward to the fair each year. She is looking for a boy with a whistle, ticket, and ribbon that a fortuneteller predicted. Will she finally have a day filled with a happiness that she has never known?
All of these stories are excellent and I love anthologies. Hope these two have more anthologies in store because they did a great job!

Book Pairings
Gothic: Ten Original Dark Tales editor Deborah Noyes 
Geektastic: Tales from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci 

1 comment:

  1. Anthologies are usually mixed for me but this one sounds great. I love darker books but it's nice to have the warning that it might be a downer lol


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