once upon a time (v) wrapped

Today I am wrapping up Carl V. of Stainless Steel Droppings’ Once Upon a Time Challenge V. It is a challenge that involved a couple of months enjoying 4 genres: fantasy, fairy tales, folklore and mythology; both the reading of them, and the reading of reviews by other bloggers.

You may recall (from here) that the daughter and I had decided to do, at the very least, Quest the 2nd, which was to read one book a from each genre.  Really, this was all rather effortless to N who loves said genres. I had meant to keep track of her readings, but I didn’t, unfortunately.

Such as it is, here is my list:

a few picture books:

The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum written by Kate Bernheimer, pictures by Nicoletta Ceccoli   : fairytale, folklore.

A Dignity of Dragons: Collective Nouns for Magical Beasts by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli.  :  fairytale, mythology

The Secret  Footprints by Julia Alvarez, Illustrated by Fabian Negrin  :  folklore

some juvenile fiction novels:

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente w/ illustrations by Ana Juan  :  fairytale

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.  :  fairytale

some graphic novels/comics:

Castle Waiting (vol.1) by Linda Medley  : fairytale

Foiled by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mike Cavallaro  :  fairytale

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Ed. Matt Dembicki  :  folklore, mythology

one for the adults:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss  :  fantasy

(no posted review) Italo Calvino’s The Cloven Viscount : folklore : fantasy. and Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle : folklore.

and film

Ondine (2009), director/writer Neil Jordan  :  fantasy, folklore, fairytale.

Thor (2011) Directed by Kenneth Branagh  :  fantasy, mythology

We spent some time in these non-fictional sources, which I did not review:

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (WW Norton & Co) edited by Marguerite Gordon :  folklore.  These are marvelous!!

Myths of the World:The Illustrated Treasury of the World’s Greatest Stories (Duncan Baird) edited by Tony Allan.  wherein we concentrated on North American myth.

Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World (WW Norton & Co) by Kathleen Ragan w/ foreword by Jane Yolen. A toe-dip into this collection this time, and again in the North American myths.


The challenge was a fun one, and if you haven’t participated in one of Carl’s challenges, I strongly recommend you do. Reader’s Imbibing Peril will be coming up in September, which is a great place to start. Meanwhile, check out the Once Upon a Time (V) Review site for links to other participants reviews. There are some really great ones (though I was regrettably lax in my commenting).

2 thoughts on “once upon a time (v) wrapped

  1. It has been such a pleasure having you on board for the challenge and seeing how you and your daughter embraced it so fully by reading and watching so many different things. Its been great! I certainly found myself adding books and films to my list of things to partake of in the future (always the joyous risk of these challenges). Thank you so very much for joining in and thanks even more for the insightful and thought-provoking reviews. You challenge me to up my game and I appreciate that.

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