Matilda Reviews: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

Genre: Children's Published: 1986 Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky My Thoughts This classic tale, adapted from the German of the Brothers Grimm, was one of my favorites when I was a child. Not only is it exquisitely illustrated, but the story itself is suspenseful, exciting and a little bit creepy. At the heart of the story we have a miller's daughter, who… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky


Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Genre: Children's Published: 1997 Summary At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Matilda Reviews: The Library by Sarah Stewart

Genre: Children's Illustrator: David Small Published: 1995 Summary Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesn't like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do?… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Library by Sarah Stewart

Delicious Chocolate-Themed Books

Happy Valentine's week, everyone! In anticipation of this delicious holiday, I've compiled a list of my favorite chocolate-filled children's and YA books. I'm lucky to have savored quite a few in my day. Enjoy. Max's Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. Sweet, dear Max is one of my favorite children's book characters, so of course I can't help… Continue reading Delicious Chocolate-Themed Books