Review – Fairest of All
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  • November 5, 2012
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Disney Press put out a book in 2009 by Serena Valentino entitled Fairest of All. Unsurprisingly, it’s a retelling of the events of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The twist with this book is that it details the life and times of the wicked Queen, whose first name is Grimhilde.
…yeah, I didn’t know that either…but that’s not brought up in the book. She’s only known as the Queen.

In this treatment Valentino attempts to explain the events leading up to the point where the Queen tries to kill Snow White. Unfortunately, it’s a little too close to the feel of Wicked by Gregory Maguire for my tastes. It didn’t feel truthful in this version, and the on/off nature that signified the Queen’s mental state was unbelievable. One minute she was a good mother, than she defined why she had a horrible childhood, and then she snapped and wanted beauty and power. And it didn’t make sense. It was too abrupt and I felt like I had skipped a chapter in the book. Or three.
It’s a real brief read, but it’s not great. There was not enough to make it great, and I don’t have much to say about it. It’s mediocre.
3 out of 5 stars.
– BP


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