The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she's got Instagram, and there's this one filter that makes her look awesome. Read more...
The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she's got Instagram, and there's this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent. Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there's Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to "happily ever after"--and have us laughing all the way.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Popular blogger Manley updates the adventures of revered fairy tale characters, turning them into self-involved, Internet-addicted, hipster Millenials in short story fragments and clever illustrations. Sleeping Beauty is re-imagined as a wine-soaked depressive and Cinderella explores her artistic side. Ever the freeloader, Goldilocks steals her friends' French fries before asking, "‘Wait, does this have gluten in it?'" Little Red Riding Hood laments her bad luck with men including the wolves on OkCupid and a blind date with James Franco. An alienated Little Mermaid applies to grad school where she is depicted reading a book titled "Post-Colonialism and the Gendered Fin." She goes on to start a nonprofit "to fight for the rights of mercitizens." Pinnocchio's nose outs him in a series of lies to his professor, potential employer, and the police, before he finally funnels his deceit into a safer outlet—his own Wikipedia page. Chicken Little learns therapeutic "coping strategies" for her crippling chronic anxiety. These stories highlight Manley's satirical wit, but also his heart. Readers will cheer on these familiar protagonists through their crises and quandaries, and probably relate more than they might like to admit. (Nov.)