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, Fiction

Reviews Grump

  • Lola
    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...
  • Fifi
    This was so whimsical and adorable! A unique, lighthearted retelling of Snow White. Perfect for when you want something lighter and less intense, but still engaging. I loved this!
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elley Murray
    Perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted books. Grump is a fun twist on the Snow White story you think you know, told from the point of view of "Grump," a misfit dwarf who was born too close to the surface and it made him a little odd. (He actually reminds me a bit of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, always dreaming about the surface and collecting surface dweller things…) I love the way the dwarves are portrayed, both the individu...
  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    Borlen is not like other dwarves. He is not very strong, he doesn’t sing, and he hates being underground. Borlen longs to experience the world above, and a chance to break through the surface gives Borlen the opportunity he has always dreamed of. But, the outside world is not as glorious as it seems, and dangers come in all shapes and sizes. The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves told from Grumpy’s point of view.Recommended for grades ...
  • 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!
  • Angy
    Probably the best re-telling or version of Snow White I’ve read! It’s so easy to pick up and delve into the world of dwarves. There are many twists and turns that make the book so much fun to read!
  • Stacie
  • A.L. Sowards
    This one took a few chapters for my kids to get into, but soon enough they were begging for "one more chapter."
  • 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.
  • Carolina (fictionologyst)
    I hate most of the characters but love the plot and the worldbuilding. Full review coming up soon!
  • Suzie
    Her best one yet.
  • 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.
  • Diane
    “We all need to reflect on ourselves from time to time, because life is one big mirror. That which we put out into the world will always come back to us.”Fizznugget! Whoever heard of a dwarf who’s afraid of depths? Why would any dwarfling want to see the Surface? Everyone knows there are evil humans up there just waiting to grab a dwarf’s beard and make that dwarf do their bidding. For crying out loud, we’ve all heard the cautionary tal...
  • Barbara
    Ever since I read the deliciously funny Rump, I have been a fan of this author and her work. She surely knows her way around a fairy tale, and as other reviewers have remarked, she breathes new life into old, familiar fairy tales. In this case, she's chosen to provide the back story for one of the seven dwarfs from the beloved story of Snow White. While Snow appears in the story and is, of course, important, this is not her story at all. Instead,...
  • Kenya Starflight
    I've greatly enjoyed Liesl Shurtliff's fairy-tale adaptations -- Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood -- and the enchanting world she built to support said stories and link them together in a satisfying way. So when I discovered she was coming out with another, I was greatly interested. And the fact that it was told from the point of view of one of the ...
  • Malissa
    I love these little middle grade fairytale retellings. They are just so much fun and full of laughter and moments of truth and understanding. How does an author take a beloved children's fairytale and make it new, by bringing it to you from a different point of view. Grump is the story of Snow White but from the point of view of one of our beloved Seven Dwarves. I have to say that Borlen's story is a little sad at times, his life isn't an easy on...
  • Aeicha
    Everyone knows the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, right? Wrong! The true story doesn't really start with Snow White, it starts with a dwarf named Borlen (nicknamed Grump) who dreams of visiting the forbidden Surface. You see dwarves lives wayyyy underground, where they mine for delicious gems, live to be very old, and never ever go above ground...because The Surface is home to the feared greedy humans. But the call of The Surface...
  • Tirzah
    I have enjoyed the other fairy tale retellings that Liesl Shurtliff has written, so I was looking forward to reading Grump’s point of view. There were some good messages in this one, including being yourself and learning that your choices reflect back on your character. I really liked the friendship between Gilpin and Grump and the twist on the story is cleverly written. However, there were some things that I personally did not like. There was ...
  • 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...