Hey Femm readers. I have another book promo for you guys this morning. But first, let me ask you guys a question. How many of you guys like Rumpelstiltskin? Whether you like the original fairy tale or you fell in love with the sarcastic yet charming one from Once Upon a Time then I have a book for you. The book is called Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff. Her version is a lot different than the TV show and it’s not exactly like the original fairy tale but close. In her story, Rump is a young boy with an odd name and where he’s from names are very important.
Names are only given to people and not to anything else like animals, roads, towns, or the kingdom. No one saw them as that important to name. But why is a name so important? Because your name is your destiny and you know your destiny won’t be so great if your name sounds like someone’s behind. Rump is only 12 years old. His only friend in the whole kingdom is the girl with the unfortunate name, Red. Red’s a bad name because it’s associated with witches, black magic, and the Devil.
Rump soon discovers that he has a magical ability where he can turn straw into gold. When his friend Red finds out she warns him that magic can be dangerous. Okay, I know what my Oncers are thinking, no duh Rumple is the one who says that every episode! And Red Riding Hood is his friend? I know when I read it I found that to be hysterically ironic. Anyway, Rump finds out the hard way that he’s cursed and the more he weaves the deeper his curse becomes. Soon he must go on a quest to learn how to break the curse by discovering what his name is and why his deceased mother, who passed on her curse to him, was looking for a stiltskin.
I’ve read the book myself and really loved it. It’s a cute story that still has an important lesson about how names and name calling can affect people. The author even leaves a personalized message about how names do hold a lot of meaning and how with her name she used to get bullied a lot in school. Shurtliff discusses how there are theories on how names can shape you as a person. That’s why the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin was important to her because his name was the key to the main problem of the story. But the main reason why she wrote this book was that we knew very little about Rumpelstiltskin like where he came from, how he can turn straw into gold, and the most crucial question why did he want someone’s firstborn child?
She also wanted people to learn that just because they’re different or seen as only one thing doesn’t mean you can’t overcome them like Rump overcoming his name in the story. Shurtliff also has continued with this series with the books Jack and Red. You can find these books at Barns & Noble or Books-a-Million in the young adult section or you can find them on Amazon, Kindle, and Goodreads. Hope you guys investigate this book. It’s so good! Especially if you are a Oncer, you’ll love seeing these characters in a new view, but you can’t help but laugh about some of the ironies mentioned in the book. That’s all for this morning’s post. ‘til next time.