Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"The Reluctant Godfather" by Allison Tebo

This book made me chuckle repeatedly :-)  AND it surprised me at the end -- it has a little twist that I wasn't quite expecting, though I started to suspect it partway through the book, which was fun.

In this Cinderella retelling, Cinderella has a fairy godfather named Burndee who does NOT want to be a godfather at all.  He wants to concentrate on his baking and cake decorating and leave stupid humans to their own devices.  But such slipshod godfathering is not allowed, and so he cooks up a scheme to get both his godchildren to fall in love so he won't have to deal with them anymore.

This is quite a short novella, so if you're in the mood for a funny fairy tale retelling but are short on reading time, it would be a great choice!

Particularly Good Bits:

"Burndee, you can't make people happy; no one can do that. Fairy godparents aren't required to make their wards happy; they're just supposed to help them" (p. 106).

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G.  Clean, wholesome family fare.

This is my 34th book read off my TBR shelves for #TheUnreadShelfProject2020 :-)

10 comments:

  1. Aw, I love this book! And the sequel, "A Royal Masquerade," is HILARIOUS. (Also, it was dedicated to my sister, which makes me feel all kinds of happy feels. <3)

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    1. Katie, I have the sequel on my TBR shelves, so I'll get to it at some point! How amazing that it's dedicated to your sister <3

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  2. You know, from the title alone, I had expected a comedy story about a mafia don! ROFL! Wrong type of godfather! This sounds quite lovely.

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    1. DKoren, I can see that too! That would actually be a really fun book too. I've run across a few lighter mob stories, like Robin and the Seven Hoods.

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  3. Very fun. The godfather's humor sounds a bit like the godmother's humor in The Slipper and the Rose film version. (Which is great. ;))

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    1. Heidi, yes! But even more so.

      (The godmother was my favorite part of The Slipper and the Rose. Yes, even above Richard Chamberlain.)

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  4. This was such a fun story. :D

    Yay for getting those unread-shelf books done!!

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    1. Olivia, indeed. And yes. If only I didn't buy another book or four every month. I'm determined to get below what I started the year with, though!

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