Friday, June 6, 2014

Ever After High

Today I thought I would tackle a book series you may be seeing around town - Ever After High.  In a nutshell, this series was created with Mattel and has a marketing tie-in with a doll collection.  It it the latest creation to piggy back on their success with Monster High.

They have however, enlisted the writing prowess of Shannon Hale, a Newbery Honor book winner -  so it is nice to see that they are trying to create quality books to accompany their toy collection.  If it gets more girls to read, then I am all for it!

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Title:       Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends

Author:  Shannon Hale

Target:   Grades 3-5

Series:    Yes

What this book is about: 
Ever After High is the school for  children of fairytale legends.  In their second year they must pledge an oath to their story, keeping it alive for another generation.  This year both Apple and Raven from the Snow White story are due to make their pledge.  The problem is that Raven, the daughter of the Evil Queen is not so sure she wants to live out her destiny.  She doesn’t particularly like being evil, but if she doesn’t commit to the story of Snow White, does that mean that Apple, daughter of Snow, will not get her happily ever after?

Why I like this book:
I love Shannon Hale.  Her work on Goose GirlRapunzel’s Revenge and Princess Academy was wonderful.  She is able to take classic fairytales and make the heroines feel modern and capable.  

This series is a bit of a departure for her.  These books are created as a tie-in with Mattel to sell a set of dolls.  The story was a bit more gimmicky and felt much more like cotton candy than the delicious dark chocolate truffles she usually creates.  However, even her cotton candy is still a cut above the rest, so if this story is up your daughter’s alley, then it is a fine entrant into the doll/book category.  If it gets more girls to read than I am all for it.

Who this book is for:
This is a girly book.  I felt that girls who like the whole fashion/fairytale vibe would be the best audience for this story.

Final thoughts: 
I have to say that I like these Ever After High dolls more than the Monster High ones!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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