Apr 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes by various authors

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcomign releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

book cover of Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes a charity anthology from month 9 books

  Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retelling of Mother Goose Rhymes
Expected Publication October 16th, 2012 by Month9Books

Nursery rhymes sung sweetly can take us back to childhood. But deep inside many of those childhood favorites is… a hint of something dark. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes imagines dark and sinister things amuck in Mother Goose-land. From familiar rhymes, to some of the more obscure, TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Mother Goose rhymes as a child, but has come to love the darkest of tales.

I wasn’t going to do a WoW post today, but when I drug my butt out of bed at noon to see my friend Alyssa of Books Take You Places had added this to her GoodReads pile, I instantly pounced on it.  I absolutely adore retellings, especially dark ones, and the idea of a group of authors getting together to retell Mother Goose Rhymes has me captivated.  The cover, revealed today by Kristi at The Story Siren, is at least half wonderful.  I’m not sure how I feel about the overly done up girl at the boottom, but I LOVE the hanging paper birds that she’s staring up at.  I love that they just aren’t cranes, but hummingbirds and swans too.

I’m not going to reiterate the large list of authors involved, but please check out Two and Twenty Dark Tales on GoodReads for the full list.  I hadn’t heard about Month 9 Books before, but I found the idea of a charity anthology interesting, so I looked them up at their website.  They were founded by Georgia McBride, the genius who also created #yalitchat on Twitter!  They don’t specifically say which charity proceeds will be donated to, which bugs me a little, but I’m sure they will make this information public specific to this title closer to its release.  Also, authors involved donate their royalties to charities of their choice.  Love this!  Two and Twenty Dark Tales will be out in October, and I’m sure I’ll be gobbling it up.


  1. Agree with every single thing contained within this post of...excitingness! This book looks amazing, it's such a good idea and what is going on with that girl on the cover? Not a fan! But the paper birds are doing it for me! x

    P.S- Thanks for your lovely comment on my 'Everything is Illuminated' review- I love hearing from you as your thoughts and opinions are often similar to mine! And I enjoy Oscar Wilde so your blog name always makes me smile :-)

    1. Haha, thanks! That makes me really happy to hear.

  2. I love what they did with the cover! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Patricia // My WOW

  3. Ooooooh sounds really interesting! Great pick :)

    Here's my WoW!

  4. I love this cover AND it's dark Mother Goose retellings. Seriously, does it get better than that?

  5. Ummm yeahhhh as soon as I saw this on Kristi's blog I was so excited and wanted it right away! I also felt the same way about the cover, love the birds & can't stand the dramatic pose. Grimm's Grimmest is one of my favorites so I hope this one is just as awesome!

  6. Oooo, this sounds great! And right up my alley. Thanks for the heads up, Heidi, I hadn't heard of this one. You saw that Philip Pullman is doing a volume of redone Grimm this fall, right?

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  7. Thanks so much for featuring TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES's cover on your blog. We appreciate you and all the folks who've commented on the cover design. Be sure to sign up for release and author news on our website and FB/month9books. You may also follow us on twitter @month9books. We love connecting with readers YA lovers. You guys are the absolute best.

    1. Thanks so much! Glad to feature it, the book sounds wonderful and I'm very excited to check it out.


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