Teen Librarian Toolbox
December 14, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Fairytales and folktales are like mushrooms. You have a general sense when they'll crop up but you never know quite where. Today, they're cropping up here.
July 20, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Smart fairytailing that’s tonally on point? More of this, please.
December 14, 2020 by Betsy Bird
This year I was impressed by the sheer variety of the stories on display. Hope you like your tales done in all kinds of styles from all kinds of places! This year was a good one for this category.
December 14, 2019 by Betsy Bird
One of my favorite lists! Original and traditional tales for everyone to enjoy.
July 25, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Why not crank things up a notch and hand a kid a collection of fairy tales full of strong, clever, wily female characters that have to use their brains? If you’ve waited for such a collection, brimming over with strange stories and illustrated with even stranger art, this is the book you didn’t know you deserved until it arrived. Fairytale feminism, old school style.
February 20, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Want to look at Cinderella through the mores of the 21st century? I suggest pairing yourself up with an artist that’s been dead for 80 years. Why it’s so crazy, it just might work.
December 15, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Interestingly, 2018 turned out to be a very strong year for folktales, fairy tales, and religious stories. Why? Well, look closely and you'll see that this is nothing so much as a gathering of small publishers. It's like I always say. The more the big guys consolidate, the more cracks and fissures remain for the little folks to sneak through. Here then are the titles published in 2018 that really stood out and shone:
March 11, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Dwarf Nose By Wilhelm Hauff Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger Translated by Anthea Bell Minedition $19.99 ISBN: 97898888341139 Ages 8-12 On shelves April 1st It seems so funny to me that for all that our culture loves and adores fairytales, scant attention is paid to the ones that can rightfully be called both awesome and obscure. […]
January 3, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Fun stuff. Looks a lot like Harry Potter to a certain extent (mood, lighting, music, etc.). It’s the trailer for Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link! A bit of an older video here. In my travels recently I discovered that the entirety of the Oliver Jeffers short film version […]
December 29, 2014 by Betsy Bird
Hansel and Gretel By Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti Candlewick $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-935179-62-7 Ages 6 and up When a successful writer of books for adults decides to traipse headlong into the world of children’s literature, the results are too often disastrous. From Donald Barthelme’s self-indulgent Slightly Irregular Fire Engine to the more recent, if […]
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