The Definitive Guide to

Half Upon a Time

Written by James Riley
Published by Aladdin Books
1234567
6.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
$7.99
List Price
8-12
Target Age
385
Pages
Chapter
Book Type

What Does Bookroo Think of Half Upon a Time

“A cleverly-woven, riveting adventure paradoxically known as a fractured fairy tale.”

The book’s dedication to “anyone whose story didn’t go as planned. Seriously, who writes these things?” is a clever synopsis for this unpredictable, humorous adventure blending classic fairy tale stories. Jack, the son of the guy who went up the beanstalk, is failing at his princess rescue training. When a sarcastic girl named May falls from reality into Jack’s fairy-tale world wearing a t-shirt deeming her “Punk Princess,” Jack takes a more literal approach to prove his damsel-saving abilities as he helps May on her search to find her kidnapped grandmother, Snow White. While the characters could use a little more development throughout the story, Jack has a refreshing realness about him due to his imperfections. If you’re not a fan of sarcasm, you might be bothered by the leading lady, May. The villains in this story (the Huntsman, Red Hood, Ifrit the Genie, and the Wicked Queen) could be frightening for younger or more sensitive readers, but appropriately-aged audiences will be riveted by the action and adventure this story holds. This page-turner is full of surprises and twists and ends somewhat abruptly, so make sure to have the second book in the trilogy on hand for when you finish.

What's Half Upon a Time About

Publisher Summary

In the village of Giant’s Hand Jack’s grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

What Kind of Book is Half Upon a Time

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Sometimes it’s hard to tell which characters are good or bad. Discuss this topic with your children, and when they finish the book, ask them how their perspectives on many of the characters changed.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
1234567
6.0

I love that Half Upon a time is a more modern, beautiful tangle of all of the fairy tale stories we know—or thought we knew. With a few fun twists, you won’t want to put the book down! Jack and May are on the run from the Hunstman and have so many adventures along the way. I didn’t want to put this book down. :)

Book Lists That Include Half Upon a Time

Book Lists › 2019 Chapter Book Summer Reading List
2019 Summer Reading List for Readers Ages 8-12
Book Lists › adventure
Awesome Children's Books About Adventure
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Half Upon a Time

What Has James Riley Said About Half Upon a Time

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let James Riley know that we want more details from them about Half Upon a Time!
What object did Jack's dad leave him?
  1. A magic cape
  2. A magic bean
  3. A small fortune
  4. A magic sword
Take the Full Quiz!

More Books From These Creatives

imagination · adventure
Worlds Apart
magic · dragons · school
Revenge Of Magic
the library · books
Story Thieves

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Half Upon a Time

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book
7.0
magic · witches · wizards
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Wheel on the School book
7.0
chapter book
The Wheel on the School
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book
6.9
adventure · wizards · magic · brothers · twins
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Secret Garden book
6.9
trees · seasons · making friends · nature · flowers · gardening · female role models · choosing cheeriness
The Secret Garden
Appleblossom the Possum book
6.8
animals · teamwork · dance · trying new things · problem solving · baby animals · siblings · rescue
Appleblossom the Possum
True (. . . Sort Of) book
6.8
empathy · anger · honesty
True (. . . Sort Of)
A Boy Called Bat book
6.8
autism · animals · empathy · bats · jobs and careers · disabilities · sharing
A Boy Called Bat
Always Neverland book
6.5
family history · adventure · stars
Always Neverland

Book Details

ISBN 10:
1416995943
ISBN 13:
9781416995944
Publication Date:
September 13, 2011