Dy's Take

January 2, 2011

East by Edith Pattou

Filed under: Book Club,Kids,YA — Dy @ 02:40

(1) (woot! first book of 2011!)

I host our book club meeting every January. It’s my motivation to take my Christmas tree down in a timely manner đŸ˜‰ That means this was my book.

I ~love~ East of the Sun, West of the Moon — the version I read in Lang’s Blue Fairy Book when I was around the age my daughter is now, maybe a little younger, so I picked this up at B&N a couple years ago. This year I inflicted it on my book club.

I wanted to like it. Really, I did. But it just felt flat. There was way too much backstory and the retelling of the fairy tale felt hurried. It’s apparently an award winner and part of the curriculum for some middle schools… Me? I was kind of happy to see it go when I mailed it off for Paperback Swap.

If you love the fairy tale you might want to try it. Me? I want to hunt down some of the other retellings of this story I saw when I plugged the title in on Amazon.

3/5

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