Life is busy these days, but I always have time for a good book. That’s why I was excited to preview Disney-Hyperion’s A Whole New World, the first in their new series of Fairy Tale 2.0 books.
Fairy Tale 2.0 takes familiar favorites – like Aladdin, Red Riding Hood, and Ana – and gives their classic stories a new twist. For instance, what if it wasn’t Aladdin who found the magic lamp? A Whole New World features the street rat we know and love, but puts a very different spin on his circumstances.
This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
I’m particularly fond of books that re-imagine familiar stories, which is why I’m drawn to the premise of Fairy Tale 2.0. In reading A Whole New World, it’s clear that the tone is a little more mature, and in some cases, quite a bit darker. No singing genie here! This version of Aladdin is perfect for my teens, who grew up with the movie as young children, but are now ready for something with a bit more meat. Red’s Untold Tale and A Frozen Heart will soon be hitting bookstore shelves, and I’m interested to see if it’s the same with these books!
Check out all the news on A Whole New World, Red’s Untold Tale, and A Frozen Heart – as well as fun giveaways – by following the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag around the web!
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