Several months ago, I brought Enchanted by Alethea Kontis in anticipation of reading shortly after I had the pleasure of meeting her at a Barnes N’ Noble event in Orlando, Florida. Needless to say that life intervened and I didn’t crack open the book until this past week.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I have been waiting for a book like this. A book to spark the imagination of both myself and my students. I told them about the book shortly after I started reading it and now they are eager to read it.
So let’s get to the good stuff.
Enchanted is the tale of Sunday Woodcutter who lives in the magical kingdom of Arilland where fairies and fairy tales are woven into everyone’s lives. Sunday is the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter and being the youngest of the youngest has left her feeling like she is the leftover child in the family. She and her other sister are each named for a day of the week by their mother, Seven Woodcutter.
Each sister takes on the attributes of the day on which she was born. Kontis weaves the stories of the Woodcutter family together seamlessly hinting at the mysteries and secrets that all families have. They may live in a magical land where talking animals are common place, but they have real problems and concerns.
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go;
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
From the beginning of this enchanting tale (punt intended) to the last line, you are taken on a journey through everything you think you know about classic fairy tales isn’t just turned on its head, but pulled into reality. And it all begins with a lonely girl named Sunday sitting by a well and reading her journal to a frog named Grumble who will become her friend. But what happens when that friendship turns into love?
The blending of classic Fairy Tales and modern humor carries the reader to a new realm where the Princess and the Pea meets Cinderella, the Frog Prince and reality head on for the win.