Monday, January 2, 2023

Once Upon Another Time by James Riley - ESSENTIAL

Once Upon Another Time by James Riley, 324 pages. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster). 2022.  $19

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content G; Violence: G



12yo Lena is only five and ½ feet tall.  As such, she doesn’t fit in in either the giant world or the human world.  12yo Jin is a genie who is bound to a tyrant king.  Both have problems that intersect and could have catastrophic impacts on the entire fairytale kingdom.

Lena is a delightful character with a huge talking cat.  Jin, as an adolescent learning about the magnitude of power, is engaging as well.  The storyline is appealing and well-paced and it’s fun to see familiar fairytale characters pop up.  Themes about family, fitting in, and power are weaved deftly together for a fun ride.  Definitely the start of a series, but one that should be a fun and fascinating ride. 

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