Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf by Michael Mullin

Title:8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf
Author:Michael Mullin
Publisher:Michael Mullin
Pub. Date:11/11/2010
ISBN:0011138793 (ISBN13: 2940011138799)

Written in verse, this is the previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf, named Creepy. He is banished to the basement for being different and, well, weird. Yet he plays a vital - and of course previously unknown - role in the popular tale of Snow White (whose title character is an intruder Creepy refers to as "the Maid").

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)

Everyone knows the story of Snow White. At least, they think they do. This very short book is a quirky take on a traditional tale. Told in rhyming verse, it tells the story of Creepy, the until now unknown 8th dwarf. Banished to the basement, Creepy is very surprised when a random maiden appears in his house. Little does he know, things are about to change. For everyone but him. 

I loved this story so much! If Dr. Seuss had decided to twist fairy tales, this would be the result. It's smart and funny. A very quick read, it is sure to entertain. It will definitely make you see the old story of Snow White in a new way. Creepy is an unlikely hero, and it makes you want to cheer for him all the more. I will never see Snow White the same, and when a tale this short can do that it's a clear indication of the author's skill. Highly recommend this for fans of fairy tales and twisted tales alike.

Book provided for review.

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