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Monday, April 11, 2011

CLOSED FTF Sneak Peek Giveaway of Awesome!

Is everyone else as excited for Fairy Tale Fortnight as I am?! It's going to be EPIC! And to prove it to you, to get you even more excited and to just share the general awesomeness, Ashley and I are opening up a giveaway today!

Donna Jo Napoli agreed to be a part of Fairy Tale Fortnight and has been absolutely wonderful to work with. She agreed to an interview (which is awesome and will go up next week) and she also agreed to a very generous giveaway.

So- What can you win? We have 5 signed and personalized hardcovers of Crazy Jack to giveaway, which is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and 10 signed and personalized paperbacks of The Great God Pan, which is a retelling of a Greek Myth. Yup. You read that right. 15 books to giveaway, which means 15 chances for you to take home an awesome signed and personalized book!

In order to enter this giveaway, Donna has asked that you tell her your favorite NON-European Fairy Tale. Just fill out the form below to enter! This is the same form that is found on Ashley's blog so please only enter once.

Although there is a place in the form for your favorite Non-European tale, we ask that you also leave your answer in the comments section. This will give you one additional entry, and is the only extra entry available.

Donna did ask us to open and close the giveaway early, because she will be leaving the country in the middle of the event and wanted to be sure she was able to get everyone their books before she leaves. Because of this, it will be mandatory that you leave your mailing address in the form below. Your address will be shared with no one, other than Donna if you win. But, there will not be time to email all 15 winners and wait 48 hours for a response because Donna will be leaving. If you don't include your address, your entry will be deleted.

The giveaway is international and will be open from now until April 18th at 11:59 PM, MST. I will draw the winners on April 19th. I will send an email to each winner, letting them know they won, as well as an email to Donna Jo containing all the winner's information.


  1. Oooh it's just got to be the Russian fairytale of Baba Yaga.
    She is known as 'old bony legs', and is notorious for eating children. She lives in a clearing in the woods, in a hut that twirls around on bright yellow chicken legs. Its bolts and shutters are made of human bones. There is a fence around it made of human skulls.

    Her method of transport is a huge mortar and pestle (she uses the pestle to punt the mortar to make it fly) and she uses a broom to erase the marks of where she has been.
    There ar loads of retellings of this one and I think that is why it's one of my favourites.

  2. My favorite non-european fairy tale is Hua Mulan. I believe everyone knows the story. :)
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! :D

  3. I love The Wizard of Oz...classic american.

  4. BABA YAGA!!!!! Great one!
    Actually, all of these are great! This is why we wanted them in the comments -- too many good tales NOT to be sharing them with everyone.
    Good luck, everyone!

  5. I love the comments we are getting it's only been open for 40 minutes and the response so far is great!! :)

  6. I'm loving the new fairy tales I'm learning about!!

  7. This really IS a giveaway of awesome! Looking forward to FTF.

    As for my favorite... I'm going to go with Aladdin (fitting since I watched some of Disney's adaptation yesterday:)

  8. Hmmm...you watched Aladdin yesterday, you say? WHAT a STRANGE coincidence...

  9. Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves! I've loved that one since I was a little kid.

    Thanks so much for the fun giveaway. I like seeing what everyone else favors.

    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  10. I love the Mexican La Llorona, but I also love Baba Yaga, which someone mentioned above. And, of course, 1,001 Arabian Nights.

  11. I would say A Thousand and One Arabian Nights as it covers so many unusual stories.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  12. i'm going modern with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. love his take on the whole world of fairy tales.

    and if you haven't already read, the Fables graphic novel series by Bill Willingham, must do!

  13. I like the stories of 1001 Arabian Nights - I am not sure if they are strictly speaking, fairy tales - but Djnin and princesses - come on, right? :)

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  15. Oh...forgot to put that I posted it on twitter!



  16. Interesting giveaway! Thanks!! ;)
    I like Iara (http://casadecha.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/iara-the-amazon-mermaid/).
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  17. It took forever, but I finally thought of an American Indian story I love called The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. It's about how the wildflower Indian Paintbrush came to be. It's one of my favorite wildflowers!

  18. I love the nine tail fox from Korea. It's about a fox spirit who can transform into a girl.

  19. Dose the Finnish Moomintroll count as European? If so I'd have to go with the anasi tales from Africa.

  20. Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor/persian or The boy that drew cats/japanese and THE WIZARD OF OZ/American -

    You really know how to stump a follower! LOL. My fave disney is Mulan. Fa Mulan says "the greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter."

  21. My favorite non-european fairy tale is Sinbad the Sailor.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  22. Favorite non-European fairy tale? I absolutely love The Legend of the Bluebonnet, as made famous by Tomie dePaola. The story is beautiful, and it's hard not to love anything dePaola does.

  23. I would say Baba Yaga because it is one I just recently learned about.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  24. The Turkish tale, The Silent Princess. There really are so many great ones!

  25. Oh, this is fun! Thanks for the opportunity. I have to agree with someone before me and go with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. There's a contest going on currently via Bookperk to find an audio reader for the the ebook. Pretty cool stuff! :)

  26. @Genna ~ I know! Isn't that incredible?! If I wasn't too chicken shit, I would totally enter! That would be incredible!

  27. I've had this collection of Russian folktales since forever and I LOVE them. The tale of No-Arms is my favourite, of a brother and sister, the former who married after the death of their father, except his wife was jealous and cruel and she did all sorts of things and blamed them on his sister. Finally, after the wife accidentally killed her baby. she blamed it on the sister and the brother reluctantly decided to chop off her head. Just as he was about to, she heard a bird sing and looked up and he got her arms instead. He sent her away. So by-the-by, she's found by a kind old man, she marries his son, and he has to go away to war...I am not good at summaries! Essentially, her heroism wins out, the wife's deceit is revealed, her child grows into a valiant young man and the war continues - she goes to find him, and when he falls, her arms grow back so she can save him and they all live happily ever after.

    I am clearly not good at retelling XD XD

  28. My favorite fairy tale is East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It's like Beauty and the Beast, but the Belle figure is more adventurous and has to go on an epic quest to save the Beast character. Also, the White Bear is more of an innocent bystander whereas the Beast was getting his comeuppance for being cold hearted.
    As for non-European fairy tales, I like the Japanese one about the bamboo cutter's daughter.
    The old bamboo cutter found a tiny, baby girl inside a stalk of bamboo and she was more beautiful than any princess. Naturally, this drew the attention of every conceited prince around, and so, when she was grown into a young woman, she gained five suitors who all wished to have her as their wife. They all asked for her hand simultaneously and the father didn't know what to do, so the bamboo princess, whose beauty was so great that it cast a radiant glow about her, asked that they all come to her home so she may choose. When the princes arrived and she had met them, she did not like a one of them, so to keep them away so that she might care for her parents all the days of their lives she set them all on impossible quests. One was to find a golden branch with bright gems growing on it, another the stone bowl of Buddha, the third a cloak made of fire, the fourth was to bring her the jewel of a sea dragon, and the last was tasked with bringing her a seashell which was hidden in the bottom of a swallows nest. Through the quests set to them, the bamboo princess learned their true natures and the princes were all put to shame. She was left, in the end, to do as she pleased and care for her parents because not a one had honestly completed the task given them, though many tried to deceive her.

  29. I said 'The Fountain of Youth', but I also love Mulan, and Arabian Nights, it has to be said . . .

  30. I very much like The Story of Gaygayoma from the Philippines -thanks for offering this very generous contest

  31. Oh my goodness. I have to take some notes and try to find some of these. This whole realm of stories has been very exciting for me so far. Both the fairy tales and the retellings.

    I'm going to say Shaharazad

  32. I absolutely adore all kinds of fairytales, but one that popped in my mind was The fountain of Youth (Japanese) but there are so much more great stories :)


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