Alice in Tumblr-land
And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation
By Tim Manley
(Penguin Books, Hardcover, 9780143124795, 272pp.)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
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Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America
The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to happily ever after”and have us laughing all the way.
Tim Manley is a writer and illustrator and the creator of the blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings. He has won the Moth StorySLAM, taught high school English at New York City’s School of the Future, and served as a mentor with the PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program. Born in 1985 on Long Island, he lives in Queens, New York.
“Entertaining . . . Touching . . . A cool, PG-13 revisiting of classic stories [that] feels a bit like tossing a Disney princess into the cast of HBO’s Girls.” —Kirkus Reviews