Grumbles from the Forest by Jane Yolen
Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist

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Ever wonder what those fairy-tale characters were really thinking?  Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich twist fifteen favorite fairy tales into “poem pairs” that feature wildly different voices and unexpected perspectives. The Gingerbread Boy sees the world as “one mouth,” while his parents wonder if he’d have been happier as a sugar cookie; the Princess claims those mattresses kept her awake (not a silly pea), while the Pea complains that the Princess snores. Yolen and Dotlich’s poems are astonishing and creative, filled with humor and magic, while Matt Mahurin’s artwork is stunning and packed with surprises as well. This lavish volume includes end notes, briefly describing the stories and their history, and an introduction, inviting readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and “make a little magic.”


About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. She has four other books scheduled for Spring 2013: a middle grade novel, a graphic novel, a nonfiction picture book, and a poetry book for the very young. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of more than a dozen poetry and picture books, including When Riddles Come Rumbling and Lemonade Sun. She gives presentations and poetry workshops to students, teachers, librarians, and writers across the country. She lives near Indianapolis, Indiana. Matt Mahurin is the illustrator of My Beautiful Child by Lisa Desimini. He is also a photographer, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a filmmaker, who has made over 100 music videos and three feature films. He lives in Northport, NY.  
Published March 1, 2013 by WordSong. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An intriguing idea becomes a thought-provoking collection of short poems from characters readers only thought they knew.

Feb 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Grumbles from the Forest: Fai...

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Yolen and Dotlich refashion 15 classic fairy tales into incisive poems told from dual perspectives. Cinderella laments wearing glass shoes when other choices were more sensible (“I could have put on/

Jan 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Grumbles from the Forest: Fai...

Gr 3–5—Mining the world of standard fairy tales, these poems are presented in the voices of the various characters. The pea relates his tale of woe upon being smashed by the princess. The giant's wife from "Jack and the Beanstalk" takes pity on the boy and facilitates his escape. A wounded Cinder...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Grumbles from the Forest: Fai...

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