This series of short stories features a variety of genres all within the framework of magic, horror, and fantasy. A few of the stories are darker retellings of traditional children’s fairy tales, with well-known characters in completely new plots. Other stories are wacky but equally as dark. Most of the stories end with characters having to face the consequences of their own arrogance, and the cyclical nature of life.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
Because none of the stories are interconnected, you can pick up and drop off wherever you want. All these short stories embrace the unexpected, keeping the reader interested in whatever happens next.
This book would be a great gift for someone ages 10 to 14 who is interested in fantastical stories who might not have the time to read a whole book at once.
Readers who love fantasy, magic, and/or horror, but not long chapter books will be thrilled to read (and re-read!!) this collection of short stories.
Like most Gaiman stories, they have darkness and violence. There are sexual references and characters use profanity.
This is a collection of ten short stories. They skew to the "dark" side of fantasy and horror.
What famous fairy tale stories are retold? Does your reader like Gaiman's version or the original - or both?
11 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 17
Buy. Short stories are great and are often a perfect fit when you want something to read, but not something super involved or long.