The brothers Grimm always blame the villains, but it can be delicious to see things from the Troll’s Eye View: A Book Of Villainous Tales (Viking, $16.99). Michael Cadnum writes as Rumplestiltskin and Neil Gaiman re-explains Sleeping Beauty. Editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling asked fifteen notable authors to write stories from the villain’s point of view, which will make you rethink traditional fairy tales. Ages 8-12
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ISBN: 9780670061419
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Published: Viking Juvenile - April 16th, 2009

Amanda and Leo were born on the same day and have always celebrated their birthdays together, but not this year. What should be the day after her disastrous 11th birthday, Amanda wakes up only to realize it’s still Friday, her 11th birthday. Amanda is stuck in a time-loop of 11 Birthdays (Scholastic, $16.99), by Wendy Mass, with her birthday replayed until somehow, maybe, Amanda and Leo can celebrate happily together. Ages 10 up.
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ISBN: 9780545052399
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2009

James Thurber’s playful book The Wonderful O (New York Review Books, $14.95) recounts the story of the pirates Littlejack and Black. When they reach the island of Ooroo, Black decides that the letter O must be banned because once his mother “got stuck in a porthole, and since they couldn’t pull her in, they had to push her out” and ever after he has hated the letter O. Thurber’s fun with the English language is at its height as Ophelia Oliver becomes Phelia Liver, and life becomes more and more difficult for the islanders. Read this together with Ages 9-12.
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By James Thurber, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590173091
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Published: New York Review of Books - March 31st, 2009