****The Fairy's Return
by Gail Carson Levine
Illustrated by Mark Elliott
Reviewed December 21, 2002.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2002
(#5, Young Adult and Children's Fantasy and Science Fiction)
HarperCollins, New York, 2002. 104 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF LEV)
Here’s the second new Princess Tales
one takes off from a fairy tale I had forgotten, where a boy carries a
golden goose. Anyone who touches the goose can’t let go, and anyone
who touches that person can’t let go and so on. Gail Carson Levine
puts the idea into a fun story of a baker’s son who falls in love with
a princess. She’s the only one who appreciates his jokes, and he’s
the only one who treats her like a normal person.
I love the little humorous touches she inserts in these stories.
For example, in this book the boy’s father believes himself to be a
masterful poet—but none of his poetry rhymes when it should.
“A joker is a fool,
Who never went to a place of learning.”
This silly little motif is repeated without comment. Later,
the boy hears a normal poem and thinks, “How odd. It rhymes.”
Another silly and fun delight of a book. Most refreshing.
Other books by Gail Carson Levine:
****For Biddle's Sake
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