The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

eBook - 2013
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Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307977953
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (264 p.)


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Aug 18, 2018

Good book. I really liked how she didn’t change the story, she just made it better and easier to understand.

Jul 13, 2018

Such a sweet and adorable story about a 12-year-old boy trying to find his destiny. Definitely highly recommended, I loved it so much! I look forward to reading more books by Liesl (doesn't she have such a beautiful name?) Shurtliff.

Aug 13, 2017

I'm a great-grandpa and this book is a winner for the reader and the author for her first book. Can't wait to also read "Jack" and "Red". Very nice redo on the classic ferry tale with many nice twists and humor. I will never look at a gnome the same way again. And the kind of friendships established in the story are both timeless and contemporary.

GCPL_Youth Jun 28, 2017

This is the most surprisingly awesome book. I didn't expect much going in but I was seriously blown away. It did such a wonderful job of expanding the classic story. Do yourself a favor and reread/rewatch a version of the classic Rumpelstiltskin before you start Rump. You won't regret it.

LPL_JennyC Jun 10, 2016

What if your name is your destiny? What if your name is Rump? Our hero is bullied for his unfortunate name, but finds comfort in his friend Red (who you might know!) and his grandmother. When he discovers a magical talent, he begins a quest to discover his true destiny (and the rest of his name). Fans of the Land of Stories and The Sisters Grimm series will love this smart, well-written tale that takes place in a land faraway with your favorite folk and fairy-tale characters.

Feb 11, 2016

I just got done reading it today it was so interesting I really liked it , and what he went though,his mom ,grandmother ,father ,the pixies trolls the wheel his aunts opal the boys the miller the king ,red

zanyblueyak Sep 02, 2015

Interesting retelling of a classic fairy tale from Rumpelstitlskin's point of view. worth reading.

Jan 01, 2015

We loved this book! I picked it up as a read-aloud for the munchkins and started to peruse the first chapter. I looked up about 2 hours later and had finished the entire book in one sitting. The characters were endearing and offered an interesting twist to the classic fairytale, there was a lot of humour and good messages to internalize. The kids (6 & 11) liked it just as much as I did.


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Jul 03, 2014

In a magic 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.


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