Braswell, Liz As Old as Time (A Twisted Tale), 484 pages. Disney, 2016. $18. Content: G (some danger).
Belle’s mother and father lived a wonderful life together, but before Belle’s birth they had to leave the kingdom when the king and queen do nothing to protect the charmantes (magic users), including Belle’s mother from forces who want to destroy them. Soon after Belle’s birth, the king and queen are dying from a disease. Instead of helping, Belle’s mother tests their heir, the prince, who fails. When she curses him, she sets up the familiar tale of Beauty and Beast.
This time Braswell departs very little from the familiar story. She does add depth and background and twists things ever so slightly, but not so much as in her first two Twisted Tales. That doesn’t distract from the charm of the book, however.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher