“What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant? Who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned for generations in the castle of a tyrant? As the silver moon rises in the sky, an enormous clown and a powerful siren join a humble weaver and other enchanting characters in these haunting tales of illusion, discovery and love.
An exquisitely illustrated bedtime story for the age of #MeToo, The Silver Moon Storybook transforms themes of modern feminism into touching fables full of the magic and shadows of traditional fairy tales.”
This stunning collection of feminist fairytales is definitely one of the most gorgeous books I’ve reviewed this year and I’m so happy that Kelly asked me to take part in the blog tour as I love discovering new reads that I might never have found otherwise.
I absolutely love Angela Carter and reading new spins on original tales so I was really excited to see what Elaine Gunn would do here The fairytales are all connected together in myriad ways and I loved the way that they chimed with one another and wove you into their spell as you turned the pages.
As well as being a physically beautiful book, it’s also a beautiful book to read as it’s so thought-provoking and really does make you think back to the tales you loved as a child and see them in a whole new light. Elaine Gunn is a skilled writer and manages to balance her plots with memorable characters in such a way as to carry you into the story and make you believe – just for a moment – that you have fallen through the pages into their world
As a feminist and a teacher, I was delighted to introduce this book to some of my classes on International Women’s Day last week and I’m pleased to report that it really went down well. I really believe that a good fairytale should transcend age and the senior students certainly found that to be the case. We read The Weaver together – and it certainly wove its spell on them!
Although The Silver Moon Storybook is set in worlds that are set apart from everyday life, it still connects with themes such as individuality, self-determination and freedoms – which many women still face today. I sometimes think that looking at these issues through the prism of a fairy tale allows us a greater insight into these ideas and it certainly seemed that way last week in class. I will definitely be using this as a text again and hope that I’ve widened their idea about fairytales too, through introducing them to this beautiful and thought-provoking book.
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Writer On The Shelf
Elaine Gunn has been writing more or less constantly since she first picked up a pencil in primary school. Years of unpublished literary genius languish in handwritten journals, high school English portfolios, corporate banking reports and various awful pitch documents full of impeccably written digital marketing jargon. Her first published work, The Silver Moon Storybook, is a collection of feminist fairy tales, written as an antidote to the passive princess culture that she became horribly aware of when her children started watching telly. Elaine is also a reiki practitioner and Dr. Hauschka esthetician; you can check out her website at http://somethinglovely.scot.