• Grump

  • The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • By: Liesl Shurtliff
  • Narrated by: Paul Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Rump comes the true story behind another unlikely hero: a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed "Grump") has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.

At first, life above-ground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems....

When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter, Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He's bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

©2018 Leisl Shurtliff (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Hilarious and heartfelt.... Lovable Borlen's grumpy first-person narration explores themes of belonging, friendship, and doing the right thing. Sure to please fans of reimagined fairy tales." (Kirkus)

"A hilarious reimagining of its origin story with a wonderfully detailed world and interesting twists on classic characters. Sure to be a hit with fantasy fans looking for comedy." (Booklist)

"The story moves at a fast pace and deftly balances lighthearted humor with emotional weight.... a sure hit for Shurtliff's fans." (School Library Journal)

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i love this book

I love it I'm going to see if there is any more thank you for making this book

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This was a really creative retelling of Snow White

This was a fun listen, but there wasn't a character I felt connected to and invested in. Also, some parts were surprisingly graphic for a children's book. Overall, it was an entertaining story with excellent narration.

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Paul Fox is an excellent narrator

Paul Fox was fantastic as the narrator for this story. The story was also fantastic. All-around good book. I would recommend it to other listeners for sure

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Looooove the story!!!

Liesl Shurtliff is one of my favorite authors, and this book is my favorite of hers! I want more!

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Absolutely loved this book

I had to read books from the Seqouyah list for school. This book was one of them! It was the best book I read on the list! I can’t wait to read the rest of these books!!!

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funny

Loved it ,made me giggle . Great story about the grumpy dwarf . Can't wait to read the others in the series.