My Very Own Fairy Stories

June 25, 2012










So I've been talking about this fairy book for weeks now. Sorry for being such a tease. TA-DA! 'My Very Own Fairy Stories' by Johnny Gruelle. You guys might not even think it looks worth all the build up, but I'm telling you, when the book came out of the package, I gasped and squealed. Books that make me gasp and squeal, more so than usual, that's a special kind of adrenaline rush. 

My heart pounds over special books.

When I found out that Johnny Gruelle, creator of my beloved Raggedy Ann books, had written this one, I had it ordered in five fiftieths of a second. WILL YOU LOOK AT THIS SWEET LITTLE BOOK?

Now don't be disturbed if you get it too and are like, where's all the fairies, yo? Not a lot of actual fairy action. Some. Mostly these are funny little fairy tales. And in one story some moles get turned into a mole skin cloak.  

(yeah. it happens. Julia was like, 'did they die?' And then she calmly waited for the rest of the story. it's best that you hear these things from me first. but they magically come back to life and everyone is fine and yay! so don't freak over that story.)

We haven't read every single story yet, but we're read several. I'm excited to read the one about a 'Witchess'. The story about the funny caterpillar lady (see above) is really cute.

I just love books like these. They don't make books like these days. A lot of awesome books are made every day. But not like these. Oh and this book has been reprinted so you can get it brand new!





11 comments:

  1. Oh, I totally think this book warrants the build-up! I love Johnny Gruelle. These pictures are beautiful!

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    1. You know what's sad Danzel? I also got his book 'Marcella' and turns out that Marcella was the name of his real life daughter and she died really young, like at age 9 or 10. So he wrote a lot of his books for her.

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    2. I know. It's terrible. Legend has it that Raggedy Ann was inspired by her doll. I guess she lived on in his work. :o(

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  2. Grandma Sue6/25/12, 9:32 AM

    Apparently, I led a very "fairy" deprived childhood or was raised in an alternate universe. When I pictured the tooth fairy coming to take my tooth and leave me a dime in the glass of water(yes, some of us did it this way) I always envisioned a ferryboat silently floating down. It does have it's own special appeal dontcha think. Beautiful pics.

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    1. I think that is stupendously lovely!!! xo

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  3. FINALLY!!!! So, I think such a long awaited post warrants one of my monster comments, don't you?

    First, hello loveliness and detail! That butterfly illustration, georgous!

    Then, that story about the mom who lays down to take a nap and asks the children to play quitely-- I'm hoping that ends well because hello tired mommy here. :)

    Also, you are so right about books not being made like this anymore. I was just reading some Beatrix Potter to L the other night and thinking what a wonderful, clever piece of work it was-- let's have some more books like that and this!

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    1. I adore the butterfly! Ha ha, we haven't read that story yet. I'll let you know how it turns out....:)

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  4. I love your warning about the mole skin jacket- I could just picture the look on Julia's face when she asked "did they die?" So glad to hear it all turned out ok... remember me mentioning "the White Cat" found in "deans a book of fair tales" That story also contains some moments you aren't very sure about (concerning animals living or dying) until the end when it all works out ok! love old fashioned fairy tales!

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    1. The fact is that there's a whole lotta guttin', skinnin' and killin' in old fashioned fairy tales....I mean, 'Hansel & Gretel' is tremendously violent when you think about it....kids dig it! I remember a Beatrix Potter story, 'Squirrel Nutkin' -- oh that one is VERY interesting -- let's just say Squirrel Nutkin almost meets a very perilous end after offending an owl, and does manage to lose his tail...

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    2. Squirrel Nutkin was always my favorite Beatrix Potter story :)

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  5. Wow--so pretty! True fairy tales are all pretty hard core if you think about it. I think most kids are up for it. :)

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