Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
Release Date: April 9th, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade Fairy Tale
Source: Library
Challenges: Audiobook, Fairy Tales, Quick Fix
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads

Rump has never known his full name—his mother died before she could tell him. So all his life he's been teased for his half-a-name. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. For Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Magical gold.

His best friend Red Riding Hood warns him that magic is dangerous—and she's right! That gold is worth its weight in trouble. And with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse.

There's only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name, along the way defending himself against pixies, trolls, poison apples, and one beautiful but vile-mannered queen. The odds aren't great for a small boy in a land full of fairytale bullies, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—Rump just might triumph in the end.

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff was exceptional in every way. It was the perfect blend of everything I love in a book: witty narration, memorable characters, surprising plot twists, and an irresistable fairy tale setting.

Rump is a dejected, lonely boy who has a pretty dismal-looking fate lying ahead of him, all thanks to his less than flattering name. Yet, as he embarks on a journey through a somewhat...familiar tale he discovers there may be more to his fate than he first believed.

I love seeing my favorite stories from new perspectives (I STILL haven't seen Maleficent!!!) and this book was especially impressive in that aspect. I've always had a soft spot for Rumpelstiltskin, but this book presented him as a sympathetic character who genuinely wishes no ill on anybody (except for maybe a certain Miller...) and I loved that.

Every single character was so full of life. They had distinguishing characteristics that brought them to life in a whole new way! I was so impressed with the development behind each of them, making both old and new seem like old friends (or nemesises).

The writing was spectacular. Liesl Shurtliff has so much talent for a debut author. So many times I found myself laughing out loud, or uttering exclamations in response to the brilliant dialogue and narrative presented.

On a deeper/cheesier level, I loved the message that we are all of value, and we can all take control of our destinies. Any book that manages to be inspiring on top of hilarious and clever is one that will wind its way into my deep, cheesy, book-loving heart.


  1. I read this one when it came out and it was amazing. It was so cute. I have actually recommended my sister to read it.

  2. You should watch Maleficent as soon as possible, it was amazing! I really felt something for Rump in this book. Such a lonely guy :( It was an adorable book.

  3. Yes! This one has been on my to-read list, but I wasn't sure how it was. I'm glad you loved it!


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