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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Contributor(s): Bardugo, Leigh, Kipin, Sara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 125012252X     ISBN-13: 9781250122520
Publisher: Imprint
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: Presents a collection of six short stories that transports readers to familiar and strange magical lands with haunted towns, hungry woods, talking beasts, and gingerbread golems.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Short stories.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017038197
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 1.00" (1.40 lbs) 242 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
A neglected girl who tells stories to appease the wolf-prince that's been killing livestock and destroying crops. A trickster fox who is himself tricked. A baker's apprentice who prepares a gingerbread girl to fight back against her wicked stepmother. Six fairy tales set in the Imperial Russia–flavored fantasy world of Bardugo's ?Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, rev. 7/12; and sequels) have the feel of centuries-old tales with their classical language and archetypal characters, but the ending of each offers a twist that recasts the story and awakens reader engagement. In "The Soldier Prince," drawn from The Nutcracker and The Velveteen Rabbit, unsavory clockmaker Droessen gives Clara a nutcracker toy soldier in hopes of beguiling her into marriage, but her affection turns to the toy itself. While Bardugo admits the possibility that the toy nutcracker might beguile Clara's brother, Frederik, as well, in the end there are greater things than love that can (or should) make a toy real. Each story is decorated in the margins with a cumulative illustration whose style evokes Watty Piper's and Eulalie Banks's fairy-tale illustrations of the 1920s and 1930s. One visual element is added or changed per page until the margins are completely filled, and a full-spread illustration appears at each tale's conclusion. The heavy paper stock and thick binding, too, evoke classic bookmaking. By maintaining the style and diction of childhood classics while questioning their outcomes, Bardugo creates brand-new tales of wonder with a sensibility pitched for today. anita l. burkam Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.