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Molly by Midori Snyder

Overview
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Title: Molly
Author: Midori Snyder
In: Troll’s-Eye View (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales, Villains
Dates read: 1st March 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: He smiled for the first time in weeks.

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Synopsis

In the stories, the child outwitting the giant is a hero. But what happens when Molly just wants to outwit him out of her own greed?

Thoughts

As a child I always admired the children who could overcome the giants in the fairy tales. After all, they’re triumphing over someone and something far bigger and scarier than they are. But, the older I get, the more I realise that children are not necessarily always in the right. And, sometimes they are actually kind of in the wrong… and apparently Snyder agrees with this sentimentality.

You know that the story is a good one when you feel really sorry for the character who would typically be the villain. You know that it’s even better when you actually think that the cute little kid should be nailed into a big box and thrown down the river. Considering this is in a children’s book and about a not-so-good child, well, it kind of offers the chance to see things from multiple points of view from a young age.

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