Grump by Liesl Shurtliff


From the New York Times bestselling 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 aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best fr...

Details Grump

Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Juvenile

Reviews Grump

  • Lola Reviewer
    3.5 stars.That’s right. This is a fairytale retelling of Snow White, from the point of view of one of her seven dwarves, Grump.Grump is not in the story for observation purposes only. He also acts. He plays a grand role in Snow White’s tale—that starts out as his own, before mixing his fate with hers. This is my third book from this author, but while I highly enjoyed Grump, I disliked Red, so I was hesitant to read it, despite the cinematic...
  • Carrie
    Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff is a middle grade fantasy retelling of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The story brings to light the saying of there’s three versions of every story, his, hers and the truth. This is Grump’s truth of what really happened.Dwarves are generally born deep underground and feed upon the rare gems that they mine beneath the earth. However, when it was...
  • Yvonne Olson
    Liesl Shurtliff is one of my bosses FAVORITE fairytale-esque authors. I mentioned to her, once, that I loved Rumpelstiltskin and wanted to read more retellings of it, and she shoved Rump in my hands. At the time, I didn't want to read it, and forgot about it for a little, until I heard about Grump and laughed. When Grump became available to request, I got excited, and requested it, lo and behold, I got it, and I must say that I loved it. Being bo...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 3-6Did you think that fractured fairy tales were only for picture books? Well then think again! Liesl Shurtliff has spun an incredible story around a classic fairy tale. From the day Borlen (nicknamed Grump) was born he was never like the other dwarves. Because of unusual circumstances, he was born near the surface instead of deep within the earth. Borlen has never fit in the other dwarves and he actually gets sick when he has to ...
  • Mindy
    I absolutely love a fairy tale retelling, and one from Liesl Shurtliff makes me love them even more! I have adored every book she has written. Liesl writes her characters perfectly and every one is unique and fun. Grump was especially fun. It was written on "Grumpy's" point of view. I loved everything about Borlen AKA Grump. Borlen is a unique dwarf, he doesn't enjoy being underground and is fascinated by The Surface. All the dwarfs think he is s...
  • Mrs Bond
    I love this book! This is a fun to read reimagninging of the dwarves who protected Snow White, particularly the one known as Grumpy. While she does make an appearance, Snow White is a minor character in this tale. Instead we follow the life of Borlen (aka Grumpy) as he struggles between his curiosity about the surface and his obligations below ground. Through the process we learn about dwarf culture, relationships, and even cuisine. I enjoyed thi...
  • Jana
    I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review. This middle grade fantasy novel is the latest in a series of books giving the back story of some of our favorite fairy tales: Rump – The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Jack – The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red – The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood. And once again, I loved it!Shurtliff expertly freshens and livens up the s...
  • Michele Knott
    Don’t tell the other characters in the “Fairly True” series, but this one is probably my favorite! So much to talk about - identity, being torn between responsibilities/loyalties, can you control your fate? I hope we have more of these stories coming!
  • Cara
    I enjoy reading traditional fairy tales from a side character's perspective. Even though you know how it's going to end, it's really fun to see how the author gets you there.This installment wasn't as strong as the other two for me. I liked Grump's story, but it just took too long to get to the meat of the story. I did enjoy the way the story ended, and I really liked the trolls. I wish there would've been more of them in there.
  • Michelle Simpson
    Once again, Liesl Shurtliff takes a familiar fair tale and puts a whole new spin on it! In this book, we hear the tale from Grump’s (also known as Borlen) point of view. I think kids are going to be lined up for this one just as they have been for the others.
  • Elizabeth
    Grump is a wonderful addition to Shurtliff's world of fairy tales and magic. I loved how three-dimensional the character of Grump was. His struggles and battles were real and relatable. His friendships with Snow White and the other dwarves were full of trials and setbacks but showed that true friendships are the most important thing in life and will rise above any problems.
  • Margaux
    Liesl Shurtliff's *Rump* was on a reading list for the state of Illinois last year, so I was familiar with her series from that. This is a truly original take on the Snow White story. Shurtliff's world-building is fantastic, and I know the kids in my area are going to eat this book up just like the others in this series. There's a lot of Dwarf folklore woven throughout the story, and of course there's cheeky humor to help balance out the more ser...
  • Sandy O'Brien
    Grump is a fractured fairy tale told from one of Snow White’s dwarfs POV. Readers of all ages will not only fall in love with, but relate to Grump. He is different from other dwarfs, but doesn’t let that hold him back. Make sure to add this to your preorder list!
  • Lesley Burnap
    Another fractured fairy tale winner from Liesl Shurtliff! From his birth Grump is different than the other dwarves, yearning to move toward the surface rather than dig into the depths of the caverns. What's up there? Up on The Surface? Grump, er, Borlen, gets what he wants, but at a cost. Will he be able to wiggle out of the trouble he's found in the human realm? You'll need to read it to find out! Perfect for independent readers, grade 3+, or as...
  • Erin Varley
    This is a hilarious and heartfelt version of Snow White & the 7 Dwarves. You will love Grump, aka Borlen, who doesn't seem to fit in with his fellow dwarves. After a trip to The Surface, things go awry and adventures ensue. Just like the rest of Liesl's fractured fairy tales, this is one that you will want in your collection.
  • michelle
    Thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy. All opinions are my own.Liesl Shurtliff is the master at taking a well known fairy tale and giving you a completely different perspective. In this book, she takes the beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and gives us an alternate story that could have been, since us humans often change the details of the stories and leave out the most important parts. The dwarfs are an interesting crew that c...
  • Carolanne
    Having already read and loved Rump and Red by the Liesl Shurtliff, I was really looking forward to Grump and was not at all disappointed! Shurtliff has found a particular niche in the fairytale world that bridges a gap between picture books and full-on fantasy genre. Grump is perfect for intermediate and advanced primary readers (and adults too). Just like Rump, Jack and Red, it's an ideal read aloud to hook students' into the series. The humor i...
  • Julie Kirchner
    What a fun fractured fairy tale! This is another fabulous book by Liesl Shurtliff, one that is sure to be a hit with readers who enjoyed Rump, Jack and Red. This time, Borlen, nicknamed Grump, is a tortured dwarf who doesn’t fit in. Born too close to The Surface, he struggles with feeling comfortable working deep in the mines where most dwarfs are at home and when he finally receives his assignment, he is relegated to the seventh spot, being bo...
  • Karissa
    I have read all of Shurtliff’s other fairy retellings and always enjoy the blend of humor and thoughtfulness Shurtliff brings to her fairy tale retellings. This was a very fun fairy tale retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I ended up enjoying this a lot.The whole story is told from "Grumpy's" POV. It focuses around where he grew up, why he ended up on the surface, and how he ended up entangled with Snow White.The story is at turns cre...
  • Laura Mossa
    A special thanks to Liesl Shurtlif for sending an ARC to my #bookexcursion group. All opinions are my own.In Shurtliff’s lastest fractured fairy tale, readers meet Borlen, a dwarf who was born just feet from the surface of the earth. As a result, he is afraid of being deep in the cavern where dwarfs live and work. Borlen also has a fascination with The Surface, which his parents believe is dangerous. Humans live on The Surface and are not to be...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyI loved Jack and Red, so I'm trying to decide why I don't think this book would be as successful with my students. It's more introspective, and the beginning deals a lot with Borlen's (Grump) birth nearer the surface, and how he has difficulties dwelling in the deeper areas of the dwarf world because of this. There is a lot of eating of gemstones, which made my teeth hurt a bit, but I'm not sure that will worry students. Perha...
  • Gabby
    I really enjoyed the author’s spin on a classic fairytale. This story is told by the POV of Grumpy, one of the seven dwarfs. This book pretty much shows you how Grumpy became the dwarf we know, from childhood to joining the other six dwarfs. Snow White makes an appearance as well. I’ve enjoyed all the retelling books from this author, and this book will make a great addition to our elementary library.
  • Debbie Tanner
    This is a very fun adaptation of Snow White and Seven Dwarves from one of my favorite authors! This one tells the story from the point of view of one of the dwarves and paints a rich picture of how things really went with the Wicked Queen, Snow White and Prince Florian. I think the kids at my school are going to love this fourth fairy tale adaptation as much as they've loved the first three, Rump, Jack, and Red.
  • Tabby Shiflett
    An innovative twist on the traditional fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The retelling is from the perspective of Grump (aka Grumpy) and is part of a wonderful middle grades series. You meet all the other characters from the story, but see each one in a different light. If you liked Red and Rump, you'll enjoy this book too. Recommended for fairy tale adaptation fans.Net Galley Feedback
  • Wensday
    This was a fun read. I love it when an author takes a traditional fairy tale and puts their own twist of what if this is what happens in the story. Growing up I enjoyed watching "Fractured Fairy Tales" on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show; I still enjoy those. If you enjoy "Fractured Fairy Tales" be sure to not miss this book.I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
  • Ron
    This is a retelling of the Snow White story from the viewpoint of a dwarf (Grump). It is different from the original story and quite good. I haven't read any of her other re-tellings, but I'm thinking that I'll add any future ones to my "to read" list.
  • Caitlin Zonder
    I adore Liesl’s books and this is probably my favorite! I love that this one was told from the perspective of Grump, or the dwarf Grumpy, as we know him. I think it gave it an especially cool twist having it not from Snow White. Fabulous read!
  • Jensen
    Every bit as charming as Shurtliff's previous fairy tale retellings, Grump made my children and I laugh aloud as we read. Grump is a fully fleshed out character and the world building is wonderful. Both hilarious and heartfelt!
  • Mr. Salerno
    A great addition to the series. A must read if you liked Rump, Jack, or Red.