Book Review: Whatever After #1: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

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Whatever After #1: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
A fresh, modern spin on a classic fairy tale–from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski
 
Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .
Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White’s fairy tale.
I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.
But hey — we’re heroes We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray Or not. If Snow White doesn’t die, she won’t get to meet her prince. And then she won’t get her happy ending. Oops.
Now it’s up to us to:
– Avoid getting poisoned
– Sneak into a castle
– Fix Snow White’s story
And then, fingers crossed, find our way home. 

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2012)

Praise for Whatever After #1: Fairest of All
“I tore through FAIREST OF ALL in one sitting and loved, loved, loved it It’s inventive, hilarious, and full of adventure and surprises.” — Leslie Margolis, author of The Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries
 
“Giddy, fizzy, hilarious fun ” — Lauren Myracle, author of LUV YA BUNCHES 

“An uproariously funny read. The swift pace of the tale and non-stop action . . . will enchant readers from the first page.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Hilarious . . . with unexpected plot twists and plenty of girl power.” — Booklist

“This delightful kick-off to the series demonstrates Mlynowski’s prowess at writing for middle-graders.” — Publishers Weekly

“Sarah Mlynowski’s spunky heroine injects some girl-power into Snow White for a wonderful reading adventure the whole family will enjoy. Tons of fractured fairy tale fun!” — Meg Cabot, author of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls and The Princess Diaries
 
My Thoughts:
Loved this adorable fairy tale!  It is perfect for little girls that enjoy witty, sarcastic humor and a little bit of adventure.  

The writing is fun and upbeat, with Abby’s voice coming through consistently.  It is a funny story that will delight children of the target age group (8 and up).  I love the way the main characters ruin Snow White’s story.  And how they fix it again.  Very fun.

About the Author:

Sarah is the author of BRAS &
BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and
PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well
as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY
SHOULDN’T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also
wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN,
FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, were published
by Red Dress Ink. She also co-wrote a guide to writing chick lit (SEE
JANE WRITE), co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS’ NIGHT
IN and GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies
(AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER
BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS
FROM HELL).

Sarah’s books have been translated into twenty-one
languages. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in New
York City.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    February 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Based on this cover I didn't think I was going to like the book but I do actually like the twist and your reassurance that it is indeed good. It sounds like a great adventure. I can't imagine little girls liking sarcastic characters but then I think of my niece and yes… I can definitely imagine it. That's crazy that this author also wrote Bras and Broomsticks. It's one of the first books recommended to me. Haven't read it though :/

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I've been really surprised by the "girly" books that I've read lately. They are usually much better than I'm expecting. I've never read Bras and Broomsticks either.

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    Jambo
    February 26, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Wit and Sarcasm, the two things I love in this world, lol, this sounds great. Thanks Dena for linking it into the kidlit blog hop. You really do find the best books. Catch you on the next hop, cheers Julie Anne Grasso

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    marcyblesy.com
    February 27, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I just purchased the next book in this series, too, for our school library: If the Shoe Fits (about Cinderella)

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      I just finished reading that one and will be posting a review on it shortly. It is super cute as well. Both books can be read by themselves, too.

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    Renee C.
    March 1, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I was scrolling down hoping to come across the giveaway!! lol Nuts!! I've had this on my want-to-read shelf for months and months. Ok, must get it somehow! It sounds too fabulous. Thanks for linking it into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 😀

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      March 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

      I wish I could give away a copy of every book I feature, but I would soon be broke! It was really cute, though.

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