Thursday, August 13, 2015

Walking and Listening to "Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin"

Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. 7 hours 54 minutes, Listening Library, 2014, $23.00, ISBN 9780804168069.

Life isn't easy for Rump, both his mother and father have passed away, he and his grandmother don't have enough to eat and his name is synonymous with that of a rear end. We all know that no parent in their right mind would name their child, "Rump," it's just that his mother passed away before she had the chance to say his complete name and it is what he was stuck with. When Red's Grandmother tells him that when he finds his destiny, he will also find his name, Rump isn't quite so sure. Rump soon stumbles upon his mother's old spinning wheel. After trying to spin and failing, he feels compelled to try again. Reaching down and grabbing some straw, he puts that into the spinning wheel and ends up spinning that straw into gold. Rump's new found ability gets him into quite a bit of trouble and despite warnings from Red, he just can't stop. Rump decides to visit the witch in the woods hoping that she will be able to tell him about his mother and her spinning abilities. It turns out the witch is Red's Grandmother. She tells Rump the only way to untangle the mess he has made is to find a "stiltskin", magic at it's finest, magic that grows. Rump sets out hoping to not only find a "stiltskin" but also his destiny and his name.

Maxwell Glick does a great job narrating this book. I loved his vocalization of the characters. You could feel their emotions, their excitement, their desperation. The characters voices all differed. Rump genuinely sounded like a 12 year boy, not an adult acting like a child. I enjoyed watching this video that Listening Library shared with me about Maxwell recording this audiobook. I liked having a behind the scenes sneak peek.

Favorite Chapter Title: When There's A Will, There's No Way

Author's Note: I enjoyed listening to the author's note at the end of the book. I could sympathize with the author and her quest to find her name on a souvenir keychain or other chotchkies. I am on a never-ending quest to find my name on just one ruler, keychain, notepad, something! But time and time again, I come up empty handed.

The sun was hitting this lifeguard stand just perfectly one morning while I was out walking. 

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