By Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.
Rump. A most unfortunate name. It's all Rump's mother could manage to say - but there is definitely more. The best part about this book was that it focused on Rump and how he got his name. It made him seem far less villainous than in the traditional tale. He just couldn't helped it. Rump was trapped in his situation. I loved the ending and watching him grow. The meaning of his name was so clever! I loved it. This is one of the best fairy tale retellings I have read in a long time.