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Robin McKinley's Beauty & The Door in the Hedge

I recently went to the library and picked up a couple of McKinley's children/YA books (and putting a couple more on reserve) after borrowing Beauty from a friend. I've put up my thoughts on both Beauty and The Door in the Hedge on my journal because the books made me think about how "adults" read books intended for children, especially re-told fairy tales. I think because folklore and fairy tales have become so academic, it's okay to want to read "into" a children's story. But I guess my problem is, sometimes I get disappointed when a story falls flat, even if it's fine for the comprehension level of most children.

The act of re-telling a fairy tale seems so self-congratulatory unless an author really changes or adds something unique to make the story their own and not just the same story written in their voice. I think I picked the wrong books, but McKinley's have been hit or miss with me so far.

Were there any children's books you have ever felt frustrated with or expected a little more from?
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