Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Conversation About My Epic Fairy Tale Fail

So, I had the distinct pleasure of reading the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Anna Staniszewski's second book in the UnFairy Tale series, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail.


Here's the description (Goodreads):

Fairy tales do come true. Unfortunately.

Jenny the Adventurer is back, and this time she's off to the Land of Tales: the crazy place that all fairy tales come from. If she can defeat an evil witch and complete three impossible tasks--all without getting eaten by blood-thirsty monsters--Jenny might finally get some answers about what happened to her parents. 

This is one adventure Jenny can't afford to fail.

Of course, I have at least two fans already in the house (and my daughter is just now getting into UnFairy at the age of seven) so I couldn't just keep the book to myself.

I passed the book to my sons (i.e. the book was ripped from my hands) and also to one of their friends.

Here's the ensuing conversation: (disclaimer: the interviewer has not read this book--she is starting book one now. Also, this video is choc full of boy humor. I am manning the camera, and occasionally the camera moves because I am either laughing or shaking my mom head "no." (Which was ignored, of course.) I didn't edit the tape--what my kids (and their friend) gave me is what I'm giving to you. :))

I have to say, I was bummed out at a certain point of the book, when Jenny, the main character (spoiler alert--LOL) FAILED a task. (Dude, it's in the title.) :)

But, this happens to my kids ALL THE TIME. And to me. I fail stuff ALL THE TIME. :) The whole point is what you do AFTER YOU FAIL.

Sorry for the polyanna life lesson today. :)

Read the book--it's great and wacky and weirder than our cat wearing a bathing suit.


  1. How cute! And your daughter handled the inappropriateness very well.
    What a great interview! :)

  2. OMG this is awesome. I tried to talk my daughter into a video, but she was like "No way, dad!"

  3. I think most boys are genetically wired like that. Some of us manage to grow out of it. : )

    And I'm very disappointed there was no image link attached to the line, "weirder than our cat wearing a bathing suit".

    -- Tom

  4. Ha, that was a cute interview. I always love to hear from middle-grade readers.

  5. Omigosh, the kids are a riot! I love the boys' imaginations. I think your youngest might become an author, too. I laughed out loud all through this interview. Yay for the boys answering the questions. Your daughter did a great job. Is this video on Anna's author page on Amazon? I think you can upload it as a fan. She can add the Youtube video herself on her Goodreads profile. Great idea to have the kids do this video. Having real kids give real answers, I love it!

  6. My bad. I should have checked before I commented. Amazon's changed so many things lately. Looks like they don't have the option for fans to add pics or videos anymore. I'm going to send you an email. :)

  7. Well that's an "add t my list book". Thanks.
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  8. Laura--I agree--Cowgirl had some grace during this interview!

    Matt--My oldest was not quite sure about it--but he was a trooper. The other two (and friend)seemed super game. :)

    Tom--You know what my next post will be....

    Karen--These middle graders are super big fans of Anna's! What a great book series.

    Lynn--Thanks so much for checking on that for us! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. :)

    Pen and Ink--The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back sounds compelling! I'll definitely check it out.