Once there was a miller’s daughter who was ordered to spin straw into gold. If she didn’t, the greedy king told her, she would die. Fortunately, an odd little man showed up and agreed to do it for her. His name was Rumpelstiltskin. According to tradition, the miller’s daughter, having succeed in her task, went on to marry the king.
But wait a red-hot minute! The guy might be rich and royal, but he was otherwise a total jerk–who had threatened to kill her, no less! And besides, she’d become rather fond of little Rumpelstiltskin. He had come to her rescue in her darkest hour. He was fond of children. And she’d always had a thing for short men.
Sixteen years later, their daughter fell into the clutches of that same greedy king. Age had not improved his temperament or lessened his obsession with gold. So Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter, being as clever as she was good, not only had to figure out how to rescue herself—she was also determined to reform the king and save his troubled kingdom.
Recognition & Awards
An American Library Association Notable Book; School Library Journal, Best Books; Booklist, Editor’s Choice; Children’s Choices, Association of Booksellers for Children; Family Fun Magazine, Best Books; New York Family, Best Books; Children’s Literature, Top Choice; Bank Street College of Education, Best Children’s Books; Nominee for Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ; Storytelling World Magazine, Honor Book Award; New York Public Library, One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing; Winner, Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award; Winner, South Carolina Children’s Book Award;Winner, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award; Second Place, Alabama Children’s Choice Award; Nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet Award; Nominee for the Georgia Picture Storybook Award; Nominee for the Delaware Blue Hen Award; Nominee for the North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Award; Nominee for the Nebraska Golden Sower Award; Starred Review, School Library Journal; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly; Starred Review, Bureau for the Center of Children’s Books.