Fairy Tales

Rain keeps the Big Bad Wolf indoors

Jennifer Minicus | 03 February 2016
A twist on the traditional Little Three Pigs.

Octopus terrifies villagers

Jennifer Minicus | 25 January 2016
In reality, the sea creature has more to fear than they.

Can a twelve year old save the day?

Jennifer Minicus | 20 August 2014
The real hero of fairy tales

Does gender matter?

Jane Fagan | 13 June 2014
Is inclusive language necessary in children's literature?

A lost opportunity

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2014
Not this author's best effort.

Was Snow White’s Evil Stepmother a Victim of Circumstance?

Jennifer Minicus | 27 May 2013
Have you ever wondered what is meant by, "They lived happily ever after?"

A “Must Have” for Every Child’s Personal Library

Jennifer Minicus | 29 April 2013
An absolutely charming collection of stories from the woman who wrote the lyrics to "Morning Has Broken."

Need a Laugh?

Clare Cannon | 11 March 2013
This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.

Beyond This Point There Be Dragons

Jennifer Minicus | 03 March 2013
A tongue-in-cheek fairy tale.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Jennifer Minicus | 07 January 2013
An engaging story about true happiness.

Spindle’s End

Tim Golden | 20 December 2012
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.

Wisdom’s Kiss: a book for brave readers

Clare Cannon | 30 August 2011
I love Catherine Gilbert Murdock's writing because it is intelligent, highly unconventional and always makes me laugh.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Jennifer Minicus | 01 July 2011
Edward the rabbit travels far and wide to find his heart in this modern classic.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Maryana Garcia | 27 April 2011
John Boyne's new fairy tale has the marks of a true classic.

Lost Books and Small Miracles

Jennifer Minicus | 10 February 2011
Have you ever wondered why some books are no longer in print?

Fairy Tales: The Foundation of Education

Jennifer Minicus | 03 November 2010
Old stories provide a basis for character education.

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Jennifer Minicus | 06 September 2010
This original version of a well-known story is a worthwhile read for children of all ages.

Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.

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