Book Review: Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson

I normally don’t read children’s chapter books, but on a whim, I decided to give this book a try. The story reads like a prelude to the series of diaries following the adventures of one Chase Cooper. We learn how Chase Cooper becomes a ninja and get a few character lessons on the way: be honest, be loyal, be yourself. While I probably won’t continue reading this series, it is definitely a good choice for upper elementary/ middle grade students who enjoy humorous reads.

Beyond Disney, Anderson, and Grimm

Everyone loves a good fairy tale. Disney movies are solid evidence of this. In fact, Disney has done such a great job retelling Hans Christian Anderson’s and the Grimm brother’s Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, that these Disney versions have become the standard, burying the more original versions into obscurity.

Moreso, the very concept of a fairy tale is being redefined to fit the Disney definition. If there isn’t a princess, a prince, or a happy ending, then it isn’t a fairy tale. To their credit, in recent years Disney has attempted to break the mold a bit by producing new stories such as Frozen and Moana but it will take years before the collective memory begins to accept new Disney fairy tale norms, especially as princesses have been their bread and butter for a number of years.

With this in mind, I challenge you to check out 2 very un-Disney like fairy tale books that will replenish your fairy tale store:

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

This hilarious collection of satirical tales will have you in an uproar. Read such favorites as The Three Little Pigs and The Emperor’s New Clothes with a “politically correct” twist.

American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum

Written by the author of The Wizard of Oz, this collection of fantasy stories will deliver both Americana nostalgia and a smile. As a bonus, the book is available on Amazon for FREE!