Grumbles from the Forestby Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich (Authors/Poets), Matt Mahurin (Illustrator)
” Spell’s over, Imagine this! All because of a stupid kiss”
For a long time now we have enjoyed reading the classic fairy tales such as the Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Three Billy Goat Gruffs. But have you ever wondered, what these popular fairy tale characters were thinking?
Did you ever wonder whether Cinderella really enjoyed wearing glass slippers? Or whether it was the mattresses and not the Pea that kept the Princess awake in the night? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Doltlich gave some thought to these questions and came up with some interesting answers! “Grumbles from the Forest” is a collection of 13 creative poems, each beautifully illustrated on double sized pages, each giving you a glimpse on the alternate reality of these characters.
In “Beauty and the Beast”, Beauty wonders whether she has made the right choice of spouse.
Snow White looks into the magical Mirror and wonders if really she is the “prettiest” woman in the kingdom!
And the troll wonders what he would be having for dinner tonight
These are poems, some rhyming, a haiku .. each a voice from a character of these fairy tales. They grumble, plead and confide. And if you can’t get enough, the authors invite you to think some more of your own!
It was hard to pick a favorite one from this surprisingly creative list of poems. Here is one that I really liked.. Can you guess which character this one is?
Wake up, princess, time to rise.
Open up your dreamy eyes.
Never mind the prince or kiss.
By no means were you raised for this.
Take the plot back from the witch.
Kick her spindle in the ditch!