FAIREST OF ALL: A TALE OF THE WICKED QUEEN
Author: Serena Valentino
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Disney Press; 1 edition (August 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423106296
- ISBN-13: 978-1423106296
For anyone who’s seen Walt Disney’s Snow White, you’ll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it’s not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter’s heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don’t know many people who have acted upon it.) Now, for the first time, we’ll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here’s a hint: the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror is not just some random spooky visage-and he just might have something to do with the Queen’s wicked ways!
Have you ever wondered what made the Wicked Queen so evil in Snow White? What made her so vain? What was her life like before she became evil?
First of all, look at that cover! I was so entranced with the cover itself, that I didn’t even care what the back cover had on it. I loved Snow White growing up, and the Wicked Queen scared the crap out of me! In this book, we get to see how the Wicked Queen lived before the movie. We see how she met the King and Snow White and what their family was like as Snow White grew into a beautiful woman. The story explains why she turned evil, which will surprise you, and why she went after Snow White. If you have seen the movie, you know it is because she was vain, but the book explains the why behind it. We also get to find out who the person is in the Magic Mirror. The ending even throws you for a loop and makes you want to run out and watch Snow White again.
This was a book centered toward the younger teens, but as an adult, I loved this book. I hope the author decides to write a story featuring all the villians of Disney!
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
Jenn (Books At Midnight)
Woah, sounds interesting. And I agree, the queen was definitely one of my childhood villains, lol. Great review! 🙂
I just finished this one last night and enjoyed it too. I love re-telling’s like this.
The cover is awesome and it looks like a really great read.
This book sounds awesome and the cover is almost a little scary. Great review. Thanks!
Oh intriguing. Wish I knew why she hated Snow White so much!
Michelle (Red Headed Book Child)
OOh the cover is pretty cool. I like books that do a retelling of a fairy tale.