I had not read any of the “New” fairy tales but have many fond memories of fairy tales as a child…”
So you start with a teenage boy named Johnny who works at his mothers shoe repair shop in a pretty sweet hotel in South Beach, Florida. In years past his relatives were called cobblers, but now… well that just sounds like a dessert.
Johnny spends his free time hanging out with his BFF Meg and dreaming of designing his own shoe line that will bring in so much moolah that his mom will no longer have to fret over keeping the electricity bill paid up and deciding between food for dinner or the rent on their home.
Then one day a famous Princess shows up at the hotel and she is too gorgeous for words. Johnny can not help be drawn to her and in a chance meeting the Princess shares with Johnny a story that is so unreal it has to be true, of her brother the prince being kidnapped and turned into a frog (maybe that is frognapped). Johnny takes on the role of “rescuer” when the Princess offers him a large sum of cash as well as her hand in marriage if he succeeds in bringing her brother back to his former self. For Johnny, this could be an answer to all their money issues as well as marrying the Princess? How is this not a win win?
Yet all is not as easy as the newly appointed frog catcher would think for many evil forces are at hand to stop Johnny on his quest…. such as witches and giants, and six enchanted swans, a talking rat and a talking fox…. and each new character Johnny meets seems to have an agenda of their own and his one task turns into many….
and in the end as Johnny works through all the hoops to get to his dreams… he really has to rethink his dreams and what he really wants is not what he thought at all…
My adventure forward into this fairy tale was interesting. It was not a “pick up and love it from page one” style read for me. It took a while for me to warm up to our young Johnny and the wild craziness of talking animals, a magic cape – of course – ALL MAGIC CAPES appeal to me….( seriously, who wouldn’t want one of these!), a crazed killer teen and a witch for a mother, giants, and of course… smoking hot looking shoes…..
yet as I committed myself to experiencing this book, the more I read – the less it felt like a commitment and it became actually fun. Silly fun yes, but fun all the same. I enjoyed the beginning of each chapter as it gave a little quote that was from an old fairy tale and then the chapter actually tied in with the quote…. brilliant. Really brilliant.
As long as the shoemaker lived all went well with him, and all of his undertakings prospered.
~The Elves and The Shoemaker
Author Alex Finn incorporates several lesser known fairy tales in to this book. they are The Elves and The Shoemaker, The Frog Prince, The Six Swans, The Valiant Tailor, The Salad, The Fisherman and his Wife and The Golden Bird. I love this idea of fairy tales within a fairy tale and for that I really found this book to be a fun adventure.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Cloaked
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