I’ve have been given this awesome opportunity by Kelly who organises the Love Books Group Tours to be part of this blog tour for Elaine Gunn’s ‘The Silver Moon Storybook’ a collection of pro – female fairy tales presented in an equally beautiful hardback cover. Thank you so much to Elaine Gunn for my gifted copy!
“What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant? Who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned for generations in the castle of a tyrant? As the silver moon rises in the sky, an enormous clown and a powerful siren join a humble weaver and other enchanting characters in these haunting tales of illusion, discovery and love.
An exquisitely illustrated bedtime story for the age of #MeToo, The Silver Moon Storybook transforms themes of modern feminism into touching fables full of the magic and shadows of traditional fairy tales.”
About The Author
Elaine Gunn has been writing more or less constantly since she first picked up a pencil in primary school. Years of unpublished literary genius languish in handwritten journals, high school English portfolios, corporate banking reports and various awful pitch documents full of impeccably-written digital marketing jargon. Her first published work, The Silver Moon Storybook, is a collection of feminist fairy tales, written as an antidote to the passive princess culture that she became horribly aware of when her children started watching telly. Elaine is also a reiki practitioner and Dr. Hauschka esthetician; you can check out her website at http://somethinglovely.scot.
The Silver moon Storybook is a beautifully illustrated by Megan MacPhie with seven fairy tales that are completely feminist in nature where no female character needs a man or anyone else to save her. The underlining themes of each story is mainly strength and independence, as well as love and friendship. My favourite one has to be ‘The Unicorn’, this story has a strong friendship theme and holding your own, holding your head up high for what you believe in and not getting put down for what you know to be right.
I didn’t read this book in one huge gulp, I savoured it, my almost nine year old daughter asked for this to be her bedtime book and we read it together, a story a night for eight days. She loved the illustrations and the stories, I felt that ‘The Weaver’ could be a bit dark at times but I think that was the point and she enjoyed it! As soon as we finished the final short story she started reading it again. It was really refreshing to be able to read such a meaningful book with her and her understanding the meaning beneath the surface. We also enjoyed the linking stories, they are all cleverly written and written with so much love. The Silver Moon Storybook is a book that I’ll read over and over again.
If feminist fairy tales retellings are your cup of tea I would highly recommend this read, I’m 28 and LOVED it! Thank you again Elaine Gunn for the copy to read in preparation and to Kelly for having me on-board this blog tour for such an amazing book!