Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"you need not laugh, 'tis perfectly true"

It starts when Alexandria, a poor, plain goose girl, offers her own bread and water to a hungry old woman-who just happens to be a witch in disguise. Poof! Alexandria is suddenly heartstoppingly beautiful. Her hair rains down gold dust, and the tears she sheds turn to diamonds. Soon a prince and a king are fighting for her hand, and they've locked her in a tower to keep her "safe." How Alexandria wishes she was a goose girl again! Clearly the only thing to do is escape-which is when her problems really begin!

Goose Chase is lightly based on an old tale from the Brothers Grimm. Alexandria is not wishing for beauty and riches when she is given three gifts from the witch, and neither marriage prospect is very inviting. Hard to choose between a dimwit and a murder, so what else is a girl to do? Be rescued by her 12 geese of course. This is really where the adventure takes off. She just wants to be back home, to dress her geese up in those sweet clothes she made of leaves and flowers, but instead she is made a servant to three ogresses, thrown in a barbaric baronesses dungeon, and all the while trying to keep the King from finding her.

I thought this was a great story! The story flowed well and kept my attention. I often find myself in reading stories wondering what I would do in a particular situation or wonder why the character did this when obviously if they had done that it would have turned out better, so why didn't they do it? Patrice Kindl does a wonderful job of making the character of Alexandria believable as a person. She has common sense. But she still gets frightened, lonely, and falls in love.

The one thing that threw me was the "thous" and "thees", they seemed to be kind of thrown in, not a very natural part of the story. They may fit the time period, but not the characters.

I highly recommend this book, great read. I have created a shortened version to tell to Caitlyn and she loves it, wanting to hear the "goose girl" story again and again!

2 observations:

Melissa Mae Johnson said...

I lover your new blog-look. And WOW! I'm in your favorite things? Thanks! Anyways, this book sounds so cute. And I'm wondering when we're going to form a team and do our own books? hmmm? hmmmm? where are those fanny books at?

Amy J. said...

Yea! A new reason to go to Barnes and Noble!