Tales Spins Book Review and Giveaway

Hi, all, Sher here with a book review for Talespins by Michael Mullin. This winter, I’m stuck in a tiny rental until February when I get to move to a house with almost 2.5 acres and real chickens.  I need some humor in my life, and believe me, this book made me smile!

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A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires “The Frog Prince” witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!

Praise for Tale Spins

Not usually enamoured of either re-tellings or poetry I was totally taken aback by just how much I relished this trilogy of alternative fairytales and re-tellings aimed at the Young Adult market. ~Tracy (Goodreads)

TaleSpins was like walking into a vintage store and finding a true treasure. This book takes the fairytales we all grew up on and gives them an interesting and modernized version that I enjoyed. ~Rose (Goodreads)

Now let’s get to my review and more praise!

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was excited to read a book of fractured fairy tales in verse because I know how much effort it takes to meter rhyme. I didn’t expect the witty humor and clever storytelling. I read the first story on the plane on the way to see my mother and wished I’d waited to read it to her. Instead I read her the second story, and although it was too long to read her in one session, she chuckled and enjoyed it. A lot!

The innuendos in the first story make the book more appropriate for age twelve and up. Mom asked me pointed questions about the relationship of the witch and the whole revenge scheme in the second story that made me think children younger than about ten might need similar explanations. The last story took more puzzling out, especially since the sections rotated between different points of view with no warning or labels to know who was talking. It was mentally satisfying to me but might lose younger children. I would recommend this more as a read aloud to kids younger than ten if they’re not already too independent for that.

All of the tales have the traditional moral, a good thing. To me, the best strength was creativity and the worst problem was the meter. Natural meter doesn’t require forcing into the correct rhythm pattern, and the last story in particular had multiple sentences where I couldn’t find the meter in one try. Reading aloud, you don’t go back and beat the words into submission. But the creative storytelling with witty humor and the twists more than made up for the flaws. 4 stars and loads of fun for anyone who is young at heart.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Michael Mullin

Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are “8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf”; “The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny”; and “Jack’d”. Michael is also the co-author of the successful “Larry Gets Lost” children’s book series. His screenplay “Zooing Time” was recognized by the WGA’s Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Does this mean that you now have a house locked in? If so, congratulations! Hope you enjoy the chickens.

    • I can’t say locked in yet because they haven’t done the title search. But the last owners didn’t have problems with that, so I expect this deal will actually go through. I’m still not counting my chickens before they hatch though!

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