Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fairy Tale Gifts 2012: Davina

Our next entry in the Fairy Tale Gifts 2012 Giveaway is from Davina:

Here is my wish list of fairy tale things for this year:

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. From what I saw from SurLaLune's feature, it looks fantastic! I appreciate the darkness of the original Grimm tales and the idea of pulling them all together into a common story thread is brilliant. (From Heidi: I added the sequel because my niece is receiving it this year. I'll get to read it aloud with her during her visit.)

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. I am fascinated by wordplay like this! I can't wait to read this book. (From Heidi: If I were a billionaire, I'd give this book away by the handfuls.)

Can You Guess My Name?: Traditional Tales Around the World by Judy Sierra. I checked this book out from the library and was very loath to return it. It would make a perfect gift for a young person or an avid fairy tale reader.

Miss Minoes (DVD). The only item on my list not a book. This movie is not a traditional fairy tale or retelling, but the story -- a cat is unexpectedly transformed into a human girl and helps a shy reporter get the best news from the local cats -- has a lot of fairy tale elements besides being charming and sweet. A good gift for the young and the young at heart. (From Heidi: This one is new to me!)

Servant of the Underworld: Obsidian & Blood, Book 1 by Aliette De Bodard. A murder-mystery-fantasy set in the ancient Aztec world where mythology is very much alive! I loved the delicacy with which the author incorporated the sacrificial blood magic. I'm gifting this to my friends who read mysteries.

Faerie Bound: Beyond the Wagon Attic by A.S. Angelo. An intriguing illustrated fantasy novel about getting swept into the realm of faerie where nothing is what it seems.

Windigo: An Anthology of Fact and Fantastic Fiction by John Robert Colombo. A bit on the pricey side, but I would dearly love to own this book. The Algonquian myths of the Windigo, a cannibalistic spirit haunting the north American forests, are as delightful as they are creepy and I'm sure the additional information provided will be fascinating -- and chilling!

Thank you! Happy holidays to everyone!

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