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Monday, April 22, 2013

Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

Whatever After: Fairest of All
by Sarah Mlynowski
Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 978-0-545-48571-5
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Buy from Indigo

Description: Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .

Once upon a time a mirror slurped up me and my brother, and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

Then we stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn't die, she won't get to meet her prince or get her happy ending. Oops.

Now it's up to us to fix Snow White's story. And then, fingers crossed, find our way home.

The Good Stuff
  • Charming and sweet
  • Reminded me of some of Meg Cabot's middle grade
  • Perfect for the reluctant reader
  • Loved the humour, quirky and fun (very Canadian)
  • It was refreshing to read a novel geared towards young girls that was sweet and innocent. It was the sort of thing I would have loved to read at that age.
  • I know quite a few customers at my store that will enjoy this one - sold a copy of it last week to this sweet little girl - she read the first page and said mom we have to buy this
  • Great opening paragraph - will hook the reader in right away - also made me giggle and I am 42
  • Nice twist on the fractured fairy tale genre
  • good role model for  young girls

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Would have liked a little more development but hey this is written for a young girl not an old mom

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Maybe in Smithville a room filled with books is called a media room, but it smells just like the libray in my old, normal school. Musty. Dusty. Papery."

"My whole body tenses. I do not like hissing. Especially hissing mirrors."

"That's not the real story. That's the Disney version."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for the reluctant reader
  • Fans of Meg Cabot's MG stuff will enjoy
4 Dewey's 

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review


  1. My kids liked this one too. It was different and they could relate to the brother and sister team.

    1. Awesome Laura, it really was a lot of fun and glad that your kids liked it too. To me that is the more important review that the intended audience loves it