Book Review: 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf by Michael Mullin

Posted April 4, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Title: 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf
Author:  Michael Mullin
Reading level:  YA/Adult
Genre:  FairyTale Retelling
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review.

First Line:  “The stories we pass down from parent to child were once filled with darkness, but somehow turned mild.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

Written in verse, this is the previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf, named Creepy. He is banished to the basement for being different and, well, weird. Yet he plays a vital – and of course previously unknown – role in the popular tale of Snow White (whose title character is an intruder Creepy refers to as “the Maid”).

My Thoughts:

I hate to admit that I wasn’t eagerly anticipating this read…I pushed it off on my TBR until I finally started feeling guilty, pulled it out, and quickly devoured this short tale told in all in rhyming verse. I had feared that the storytelling would be inhibited by the verse but it actually was very well done and enhanced the story.

I loved the spin that Mike Mullin put on the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  In his version we get to meet an 8th Dwarf who has been banished by the others to live beneath the floorboards of their cabin. His crime…apparently simply being different! Being a “moody” night owl with different interests garnered him the name Creepy and a berth in the basement. No socialization…meals passed to him through a hole in the door…one isn’t surprised then at his interactions with “The Maid.”

This short tale is definitely worth the read!  A charming bite sized twisted tale with an important social message about being an individual and the effects of being ostracized for it.

Was it worth my Time?

 

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