by Michael Mullin, John Skewes

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A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires "The Frog Prince" witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!

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BN ID: 2940016344867
Publisher: Gemiknight Studios LLC
Publication date: 02/22/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael Mullin lives in Pasadena CA with his wife and 12-yr-old twins. He is co-author of the seccussful "Larry Gets Lost" picture book series.

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TaleSpins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read poetry or books that rhyme, but I do enjoy reading spin-offs on fairy tales. Though this one was written as verse poetry, the idea of fairy tales having a twist grabbed my attention. I was very glad that I gave this book a chance because I came to adore it! "8th Dwarf" This one was perhaps my favorite out of all three stories. It centered with the story of Snow White. Instead of seven dwarves, there were eight. This eighth dwarf was shunned for his weirdness and was locked up underneath the cottage to live the rest of his days. I loved his character so much even if he was a "creeper." I loved how humor was used as he witnessed Snow White coming to the cottage and how he was stunned by her dumbness and beauty. It had me giggling from beginning to end. "The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny" This was my least favorite of the trio but it was still very good. It didn't really center on one fairy tale but it did make reference to a few. Princess Penny sought revenge on her ex-best friend for making her life miserable, and she went to a witch to cast a curse. This witch was the famous one who turned a prince into a frog and another one into a beast. I did find myself a little confused on some parts but I was still able to enjoy it. I really liked how there was a moral message at the end. "Jack'd" This was a very interesting take on Jack and the Beanstalk. It was set on modern time and Jack was a thief. Jack stole from a doctor and traded the stolen item for some magical beans. When reading this, I was a bit confused as the story jumped from Jack's point of view to the Doctor's. It was still very engaging because I really wanted to know what was going on. I was very stunned at the end to find out who was the giant and to find out the answers to things that made everything confusing. In the end, I really enjoyed this book! I was enthralled by it from beginning to end. I found myself having fun with the rhyming and absolutely loved how everything flowed smoothly. It was fast paced and quick to read.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I loved TaleSpins!  The stories are cute and funny - each putting a different twist on classic characters.  I thought each one would be my favorite until I started to read the next.  The Eighth dwarf was well named (in many ways), and I loved his interactions.  The Princess Poppy was just a great character, and this new version of Jack and the Beakstalk really had you thinking. The writing style is part of what made this book so wonderful.  Told lyrically, like a nursery rhyme, you couldn't help but keep reading and the pages flew by.  I would recommend this to fairy tale lovers, or anyone who is just looking for something a little different. - 
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is three short tales of familiar or should be familiar retelling of Fairy tales. It is such a breath of fresh air to the stories. They are told in a poetry form that gets the message told in a singing style. The first tale is from the point of view of the 8th Dwarf. He has a different point of view. It is not what I expect. It is so much better with his view. The second is the Plight and Plot of Princess Penny. I did not guess what tale this was from. Even Princess's can get bullied in school. It has some good lessons in it. Jack'd was really a different story. I enjoyed reading these three short stories. It is only 77 pages long. They can be read by any age and enjoyed. Good clean fun. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing and being part of Tale Spins blog tour.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
Story 1 - 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Michael Mullin.) This is a short story about the 8th dwarf from the story ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’. The 8th Dwarf is called ‘Creepy’ and he doesn’t get along with the other dwarves! The story is told in verse, and is actually quite funny. I often think it’s difficult to re-tell a fairy-tale in a new and interesting way, but the author pulls this off in style! I thought this was really fun and inventive, and I think it could be even better read out loud to kids! This is one that parents will enjoy also though, especially as there were a couple of tongue-in-cheek lines, and really did make me smile! Overall; a fun and refreshing fairy-tale story that will make you laugh! 8 out of 10. Story 2 - The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny This is a short story, written in rhyme. Princess Penny is not popular at school, and wants to get revenge on her arch rival Darcy. After seeing an advert for a witch in a magazine, Penny sets off to find her and to get a spell for revenge on Darcy, but things don’t go according to plan, and Penny finds herself in hot water. This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as the first story in the series. Penny seemed a little immature, and didn’t seem to realise that at times her own behaviour was similar to that of Darcy’s, and she didn’t really have time to spend on people who weren’t involved in her revenge plan. I think the main problem with this for me, was that the lines were too long. This may sound weird, but I found it hard to keep the pace of the lines so that they rhymed properly, and often had to read the lines twice or more to get the effect that I thought the author was going for. Because of this, the poetry aspect felt a little like hard work, which was a shame. The storyline was okay, but I think it would probably be more suited to a younger reader, as overall the pace seemed quite slow, and the ideas were quite simplistic. I personally wanted to read faster to find out what happened more quickly, but couldn’t because of the issues with the length of the lines as mentioned earlier. Overall; this was an okay story, but it felt a little slow. 6.5 out of 10. Story 3 - Jack'd This is a bit of a strange retelling of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, in which Jack is a thief, and the giant is a doctor who lives in a penthouse apartment. The story is once again told in verse, only this time the prose is split into parts – the doctor’s point of view, and Jack’s point of view, and each has a different style of poetry. I actually found that it took me two tries to get through this story, the first time I got fed up with trying to read the doctors parts so that they rhymed (the doctors verses were much longer sentences that rhymed) and I found it quite difficult to get the right rhythm. Jack’s parts were a lot easier to read though, and so I appreciated those verses more. I did go back to this story though, and I had more luck the second time. I did think the story was quite strange, and it wasn’t your average re-telling of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Instead there were some interesting little twists, and a moral that ‘crime doesn’t pay’. I did appreciate the story once I got through it, but I did have problems again with the longer-line style of the doctor’s verses. Overall; an interesting poetic retelling of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. 6 out of 10.