RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Jonathan--Adapt. & Illus. Langley


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Somewhat in the manner of James Marshall's humorous renditions of favorite tales, but with iconoclastic additions freely incorporated into the spritely retelling (""Spin this straw into gold...or you will be fed to the Royal Crocodiles"")--including a novel postcript: once the baby is saved, ""Ruby"" becomes a good Queen who takes over the royal duties, ""leaving the King to count his treasure""; her greedy husband eventually falls into the crocodile pool with a bag of gold and is ""never seen again."" The lighthearted tone extends to the illustrations, where the characters all look like cheerful children; even Rumpelstiltskin is a merry elf with hardly a mischievous gleam in his eye. Not essential, but an entertaining update, attractively produced.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins