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by Wendy Mass

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Title:Twice Upon a Time #3: Beauty and the Beast, the Only One Who Didn't Run Away
Authors:Wendy Mass
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Twice Upon a Time #3: Beauty and the Beast, the Only One Who Didn't Run Away by Wendy Mass

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Ok, a couple of things you need to know. First, the cover is ridiculously inappropriate. Truly cute, and maybe a tiny bit better than what would have been done if the design matched the originals of the first two in the series, for example: [bc:Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair|175348|Rapunzel The One with All the Hair (Twice Upon a Time, #1)|Wendy Mass|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328867237s/175348.jpg|15655188].

The thing is, the book does take place in that vague classic European fairy-tale time, and the young characters are not actually children, but old enough to be getting ready to consider marriage. So the cover should be a bit more like a YA cover. Moreover, the book could easily appeal to boys, if they could see it in a different cover.

Second, it does take patience and a bit of maturity to appreciate. Based on this cover, a 7 or 8 year-old might pick it up. I'm not sure how many kids that young would be able to keep track of the quickly shifting view point and all the plot threads and secondary characters. All sorts of random things get fittingly worked out in the very satisfying end.

I do love Mass's books. I just wish her publisher would let her find a better book designer for this series. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Grades 4-7: Wendy Mass's take on the Beauty and the Beast tale is quite different from the Disney-fied Belle version with enchanted teapots and wardrobes. 12-year-old Beauty (who is actually on the plain side) enjoys a comfortable life with her bookseller father and older sister until their house accidentally burns down and they are left destitute. Meanwhile, across the kingdom, Prince Riley putters around in his lab with various science experiments to the amusement of his older brother and the consternation of the king and queen. As the royal family is on their way to a neighboring kingdom for a dance, they meet a witch who is disguised as a beautiful lady. The witch casts her spell, turning Riley into the Beast and the rest of the family invisible, and telling them that the only way the spell will be broken is if Riley manages to find a girl who falls in love and kisses him over the next several months. Chapters alternate between Beauty and Riley-- Beauty as she tries to help her family financially and joins a friend on a quest; Riley as he tries to adjust to life as a Beast and figure out another way to break the spell since the chances of a girl falling in love with him are remote--and it's not until the last third of the book that the more traditional storyline begins to come through and the two meet. Mass's gift for engaging characters and dialogue serves her well here, and short chapters keep the pages turning right to the happily-ever-after ending. A solid addition to the "Twice Upon a Time" series, and a good choice for students who like "Ella Enchanted," "Princess Academy," and similar titles with spunky heroines.
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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545310180, Hardcover)

Wendy Mass tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, as never heard before!

When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you - like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

And when you're a prince, you're supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you'll ever be.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:31 -0400)

Struggling with looks that she thinks do not reflect her name, Beauty meets a gangly youth who lives in the shadow of his older brother and who a witch enchants to assume the form of a beast until a girl willingly dances with him.

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