Category Archives: Classic Juv/YA fantasy

Classic Juv/YA Fantasy: The Princess Bride

William Goldman. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007. Rating: 4.85 out of 5 chocolate-covered resurrection pills Rating #2: This book is so good I read it twice in a row, … Continue reading

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My recent trip to DisneyWorld (a Postcards Out-of-Book-Experience™)

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Yes, ok, all right, I know it’s not the most original thing.  I’m not the first, second, or even 33,333rd person to go to DisneyWorld.  But it was my first time, and it was a Juv/YA lit-and-folklore/fairytale-related experience, so by gosh, I … Continue reading

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“Ten miške, kur eglės ošią…”

Inspired by Jean of Howling Frog Books, whose January posts focused on lesser-known children’s titles from (mostly) outside the U.S., I thought I’d share a few of the classic Lithuanian stories I grew up with. . . . . . … Continue reading

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Plucky Girls in Fairy-lands

Ok, break’s over! For the Classic Children’s Literature challenge in January, I read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (totally original, I know, but this is as good a time as any to catch up on … Continue reading

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“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood…”

Peter S. Beagle.  The Last Unicorn.  New York:  ROC – Penguin, 1991.  212 pgs. . . . . . . . . Tell me that opening line doesn’t make you go all glittery-eyed with childlike wonder.  So far, this is … Continue reading

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Classic Juv/YA fantasy: The Water Babies

Charles Kingsley.  The Water Babies.  London: Harper Press, 2011. So, there’s this kid named Tom.  He’s a chimney sweep, and his boss is a jerk, and clearly not the best role model, so one day, while they’re sweeping some rich … Continue reading

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Classic Juv/YA fantasy: The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald.  The Princess and The Goblin.  New York: William Morrow and Co., Inc., 1986 (a facsimile of the 1920 ed.).  208 pgs. I’m counting this in the Fairytale category of Quest the Second, in the Once Upon a Time … Continue reading

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