Natalia O'Hara

Book - 2022

When the mysterious boy Frindleswylde enters Cora and Granny's house in the woods, he steals the light from their lantern. Without it, Granny will not be able to return home from work in the dark. Cora is determined to get the light back, but first she must follow Frindleswylde down a hole in the pond that leads to his magical frozen kingdom...

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Fantasy fiction
Fairy tales
Picture books
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2022.
Main Author
Natalia O'Hara (author)
Other Authors
Lauren O'Hara (illustrator)
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Cora and Granny live a cozy, autumnal, forest-cabin life, but Granny knows Frindleswylde is coming, and he'll bring winter with him, along with plenty of mischief. She warns Cora to be on the lookout for the shapeshifter, who is capable of snatching away unwary children, but cunning Frindleswylde nonetheless finds his way into their house and snuffs out the lantern, ensuring Granny will be lost in the freezing forest. Cora follows the trickster into his lair of eternal winter, where he assigns her three impossible tasks to complete. Frindleswylde has additional tricks up his snowy sleeve, but Cora has enough heart to see through the deceptions, thaw her wintery imprisonment, and save Granny. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," this story retains the original's matter-of-fact menace while spinning its own beautifully chilling story. The striking mixed-media illustrations employ warm tones in the regular world and icy blues and purples around Frindleswylde, creating an elegant distinction between the realms. A wonderful wintry fairy tale with a warm heart.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." The night of the first snow, Granny warns Cora about "cunning" Frindleswylde: "He'll snatch the storks and hide the moon and pick the locks. As he creeps by, the bristling hills turn white as ghosts." The next day, after Granny becomes lost in the nearby woods in a blizzard, Cora meets the shape-shifting Frindleswylde, who now takes the form of a young boy--a sort of Jack Frost figure depicted in cool tones. He tricks Cora into coming to his icy kingdom and then gives her three "Impossible Tasks" to save Granny. Cora succeeds at turning "hard to soft and soft to hard," at making "the singing silent and the silent sing," and at turning "black to white and white to black" but is ultimately tricked by Frindleswylde and trapped, becoming the Queen of Winter and seemingly forgetting Granny after her heart freezes. But something of the old Cora still remains. Readers familiar with stories by the Brothers Grimm and Andersen will recognize some themes and archetypes, but the prose offers some delightful turns of phrase and fantastic imaginings of the ways seasons change, and the delicate, painterly mixed-media illustrations complement the material beautifully. All characters are pale-skinned. (This book was reviewed digitally.) A fresh story for fans of classic fairy tales. (Picture book. 7-11) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.