Monday, October 21, 2013

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

After giving birth his mother whispered his name with her dying breath.  All she got out was "Rump" and so the hero of our book has been forced to live with this most unfortunate name his entire life.  It would be bad enough to be named Rump in our world but in Rump's world your name determines your destiny.  Rump is sure that his mother meant for his name to be longer and more grand but died before she had the chance to finish.  When Rump finds an old spinning wheel he discovers that he can turn straw into gold and is sure that his destiny is about to change.  His grandmother warns him that magic always comes with a price but Rump ignores her warnings and sets off on a quest to find his entire intended name and change his fate.  I love fairy tales both original and fractured but this telling didn't capture me the way folk literature usually does.  Parts of Rump's quest were humorous but other bits just left me skimming to get onto the next section.