Troll's-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

Troll's-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales


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Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales—but the villains themselves beg to differ. In Troll's-Eye View, you'll hear from the Giant's wife ("Jack and the Beanstalk"), Rumpelstiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and many more. A stellar lineup of authors, including Garth Nix, Jane Yolen, and Nancy Farmer, makes sure that these old stories do new tricks!

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ISBN-13: 9780142416730
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/05/2010
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Ellen Datlow is the editor of Sci Fiction (

Terri Windling is the author of The Wood Wife

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Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a super good book. I love this book because u can use it during parties sleep overs and stuff like that.But most of all it was good
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krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a children's book of 15 short stories by various fantasy writers. Overall it was a decent collection. The stories are very short and there are some poems thrown in between stories. My favorite story of the bunch was Catherynne Valente's "A Delicate Architecture." I also really enjoyed "Skin" by Michael Cadnum and "Troll" by Jane Yolen. My least favorite was "Up the Down Beanstalk" by Peter Beagle. Overall though it was a great group of stories. See below for brief comments on each story.- "Wizards Apprentice" by Delia ShermanAbout an evil wizard's apprentice. Where all is not what it seems to be. This was a pretty funny story. 4/5- "An Unwelcome Guest" by Garth NixIn this story Rapunzel is the one harassing the witch. Very cleverly written. 4/5- "Faery Tales" by Wendy FroudA short poem about what happens to the princesses when they get older. 4/5- "Rags and Riches" by Nina Kiriki HoffmanThis was a retelling of the goose girl. The story was very detailed and a good read. 4/5- "Up the Down Beanstalk: A Wife Remembers" by Peter S. BeagleIn this story we get a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Giant's Wife's perspective. My least favorite of the bunch. 3/5- "Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces" by Ellen KushnerA retelling of the twelve dancing princesses. Loved the story. 4/5- "Puss in Boots, the Sequel" by Joseph StantonWhat if Puss in Boots didn't stay captured? This poem explores that. 4/5- "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Holly BlackHow did the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" end up at grandma's house? Very clever ending. 4/5- "Troll" by Jane YolenTalks about the troll under the bridge; only this on is scared of goats. Very funny little story, I liked it a lot. 5/5- "Castle Othello" by Nancy FarmerMaybe Bluebeard wasn't the evil one afterall. Interesting take on the tale. 4/5- "'Skin" by Michael CadnumA very beautifully and clever retelling of Rumplestilskin. Loved this story. 5/5- "A Delicate Architecture" by Catherynne M. ValenteHow did the witch from Hansel and Gretle end up in that house made of candy in the woods? This story answers all and is writen beautifully. The story had wonderful imagery and was very creative. My favorite of the bunch. 5/5- "Molly" by Midori SnyderTells about how Molly tricked the Giant. Maybe the giant wasn't so bad after all? 4/5- "Observing the Formalities" by Neil GaimanA poem about sleeping beauty. Well-written. 4/5- "The Cinderella Game" by Kelly LinkWhen two siblings start playing Cinderella, things get violent. This was an odd story and I wasn't quite sure what had happened when I got to the end. It was well-written. 4/5
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like an older version of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," authors contribute their interpretations of fairy tales and folk lore. The best ones, to me, were "Castle Othello" and "A Delicate Architecture." These were the stories that took the best from their original tales to make the most creative stories. Most of the stories have the same basic backgroun: sure you know the canonical tale, but you don't know my interpretation of the story."
TerryWeyna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fairy tales were my first love when I was a child. My mother introduced me to the joys of stories with The Golden Book of Fairy Tales long before I learned how to read. My early reading included the first three volumes of The Junior Classics and Andrew Lang¿s colorful fairy tale books. When Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling started editing anthologies of new takes on the old tales for adults with Snow White, Blood Red, I was delighted. And when Datlow and Windling started editing a series of original fiction for young adults based on fairy tales, I couldn¿t resist them. Troll's Eye View is one of four in a series of books for ages 10 and up, which also includes A Wolf at the Door, Swan Sister and, just published, The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People.Troll's Eye View is subtitled ¿A Book of Villainous Tales,¿ but really, villains seem like an unfairly disparaged lot in most of these stories. In fact, it¿s not unusual to find someone you thought was a heroine turn out to be a villain, as in Garth Nix¿s ¿An Unwelcome Guest,¿ which portrays Rapunzel quite differently from the long-haired victim we¿re used to. Sometimes the good guy is disguised as a villain, as in ¿Wizard¿s Apprentice¿ by Delia Sherman, which is set in a store called ¿Evil Wizard Books,¿ a place I¿m longing to visit. And the giant¿s wife was apparently unfairly characterized by Jack ¿ though not by much ¿ as she reveals in ¿Up the Down Beanstalk: A Wife Remembers.¿A few of the stories deal with the titular trolls. Midori Snyder¿s ¿Molly¿ is about a troll named Dongoggle attempting to masquerade as human so that his wife and daughters can enjoy living in town, rather than in the wilds under a bridge. The titular Molly befriends the daughters, but has a motive for doing so, as the trolls discover when certain of their belongings go missing after a visit from the child. Dongoggle seeks revenge, which doesn¿t work out quite the way he planned. Jane Yolen¿s ¿Troll¿ is all about the hunger of a motherless child. Poor Troll isn¿t ¿poor¿ for very long.My favorite story is Catherynne M. Valente¿s ¿A Delicate Architecture.¿ Valente has such a weird and wonderful imagination; she always takes me to places I¿ve never been, never imagined, and never could imagine. Her story is about a girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice ¿ literally. Who would make a girl out of sugar, and why? And what would happen to that girl? Valente answers all of those questions, and ties her tale back to a classic fairy tale in a way that one can just barely see coming, if she¿s paying attention. Valente uses prose the way a pianist uses a piano; with it, she makes beautiful music. I cannot get enough of her work.Readers will be familiar with many other names in this book: Nancy Farmer, Kelly Link and Holly Black, among others, contribute tales, and Neil Gaiman offers a poem. A few of the stories won¿t get much of a grasp on your imagination, but they are only a few. This collection is one to read with your child; you can take turns reading stories out loud to one another, together figure out what classic tale is being retold, and bond over your mutual love for fairy tales in whatever form they take.
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No duds in this anthology! Short stories and a few poems based on fairy tales, in which we get to see the villains (and the heroes) of those tales in a different light.Some awesome writers in here! Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman both make an appearance. As well as Holly Black and Kelly Link. Neil Gaiman and Jane Yolen. And well, other names I recognize and you'd recognize too!So if you're a fan of fairy tale retellings, a fan of any of the authors included, know a tween who's an avid reader, or.. or.. just like Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling anthologies, it's well worth a read!
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of familiar fairy tales with an unusual twist: these stories are told from the point of view of the villains! As with any collection of short stories and poems, some are better than others, some stand out, some are less than stellar, but overall, it is a solid collection. The stories consist of:"Wizard's Apprentice" by Delia Sherman"An Unwelcome Guest" by Garth Nix"Faery Tales" by Wendy Froud"Rags and Riches" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman"Up the Down Beanstalk: A W Remembers" by Peter S. Beagle"The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces" by Ellen Kushner"Puss in Boots, the Sequel" by Joseph Stanton"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Holly Black"Troll" by Jane Yolen"Castle Othello" by Nancy Farmer"`Skin" by Michael Cadnum"A Delicate Architecture" by Catherynne M. Valente"Molly" by Midori Snyder"Observing the Formalities" by Neil Gaiman"The Cinderella Game" by Kelly Link I could go into specifics with each story, but I think I'll pass on that. these are written by some of the finest fantasy authors around today, and even though I may not have enjoyed some of these tales as much as others in the collection, they are all still well written and worth reading.Recommended.
Laurenbdavis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read. The villains, the evil-doers, the baddies get their moment in the spotlight. This collection from some of the world's renown fantasy writers is endlessly inventive and entertaining, and I dare say it will change the way you think about those nasty characters. A new take on such famous folks as the witch from Hansel & Gretel, Bluebeard (I quite liked him in the end), Mrs. Giant from Jack and. . . and a number of others. The tales are well written -- some are downright creepy and others thought-provoking. Certainly not just for the kids. Enjoy!
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Wonderful beging and interesting twist.
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I absolutely love this book! It's not just one of those books that you sit down for 10 minutes. Its an awesome book that you cant put down.
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The one book that i could read again and again and again. It proves that the princesses really aren't as fab as we thought they were when we were little kids. My son convinced me to read this and even though these are a little dark as a mother of two and a middle school language arts teacher I can say these stories are appropriate for any confidant reader.
BellaMoon More than 1 year ago
While I see that this book was delivered, it was never delivered here. I do hope that the recipient of merchandise I've paid for has enjoyed it thoroughly, however.
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pixiesand More than 1 year ago
This is a way fun book of 15 short stories and poems told in the villians' points of view. In a lot of the stories, I really started to feel sorry for the villian. Included are Rapunzel, The Goose Girl, The 12 Dancing Princesses, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and others.
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I never read it butt (hahaha)it seems cool