Title: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
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In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes was an easy read that is packed with short and interesting retelling of rhymes that we grew up loving. The best way I can describe it was that it was a mixture of awesome and flop. I am not reviewing each stories individually but rather as a whole.
There were stories that made the rhymes fascinating and some retelling that totally ripped the magic out of the rhyme. There were a few that excelled from the other but majority just didn’t live up to par with my expectations. That may sound harsh but most often than not, that is the case in any retelling.
Overall this is middle rate in my list. It was not awesome but not bleh either. Although the not so good part was taking over the bigger parts of the book there was still a pull from the entire anthology. I may rate this book low in my chart but that doesn’t mean you should pass this because some of the stories are great like The Well, Clockwork and Wee Willie Winkie just to name a few. This maybe a good book if you are passing time and some may super enjoy this book but for me it didn’t make my list as a favorite for 2012.
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