Broomsticks, Walking Sticks and Zimmer Frames by Sue Moorhouse

Fourteen fun, up-dated fairy tales, written from the point of view of the older characters; Red Riding Hood's granny for one.

Fairy tales for the mature (over mature?)

This is intended to be a short book of the Politically Correct (or ASBO) Fairy Tales type. A Christmas present book for parents or grandparents perhaps? Or something short and amusing for commuters to read.

Why is it always the young and glamorous – the handsome princes and beautiful princesses- who dominate fairy tales?
How about the older characters...?

The Pied Piper – a disillusioned scientist strikes back.
A fairy godmother with a touch of dementia
Can the princess really pee through ten mattresses?
Plus the troll in the tower block, a stressed planning officer, the blog of the wicked queen, an account from the matron of Rapunzel's boarding school , a party at the Brown's house and many more.

Please note.
This book has already reached the editors desk. I have just left a couple of sample chapters up.

Full version available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Broomsticks-Walking-Sticks-Zimmer-ebook/dp/B00A93ZK9E/ref published by Ecanus books.
Has also now been brought out as a paperback for anyone who wants it as a present for parents etc.






  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted March 4, 2012
  • Last updated Aug. 31, 2014
Broomsticks, Walking Sticks and Zimmer Frames
  • Read 378 times
  • On 1 bookshelf
  • 406 comments
Report

Readers also like

Comments

To rate or comment on this or any book please Register or Log in

  • rikasworld's avatar
    rikasworld Author wrote 6 months, 4 weeks ago

    Please note, this book has already reached the desk and is published and up on Amazon. I have just left a couple of stories up for anyone who might be interested.

  • Cas Meadowfield's avatar
    Cas Meadowfield wrote 7 months ago

    There's no chapter headings so I don't know where one story ends and another begins.

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

    • rikasworld's avatar
      rikasworld Author wrote 7 months ago

      Thanks Cas. I don't know if Iwant to sort it all out for the new format. I should probably just take it down.

  • annieroi's avatar
    annieroi wrote 10 months ago

    Chapter five is perfect, but SCARY!!

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • annieroi's avatar
    annieroi wrote 10 months ago
    Sue, Chapter four is officially my new favorite! This should be the first chapter to hook them in! It’s so hilarious! And you pulled off the language brilliantly. Also, I can totally relate to the old bag, even if she is meant to be the villain. I agree with her a little too much. I must be getting old. But two things I thought could be fixed. It starts off with ‘Listen, darling’, ‘I said. Obviously the punctuation tripped a ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • annieroi's avatar
    annieroi wrote 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    CHIRG Review
    I have gotten to the third story and so far that is my favorite. The perfect person to tell the story and so right to explain why she had to leave at midnight. I loved the old woman.
    So far I haven't found any flaws, but since you've made it to the editor's desk already, I guess you know that!

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • AliyaM.books's avatar
    AliyaM.books wrote 1 year ago

    I love this. So different and clever with beautiful, effortless writing and colorful characters! You have gold here. 6 stars :D

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Retired user
    Jeanette Taylor Ford [Retired] wrote 1 year, 1 month ago

    Well, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I loved this! Very entertaining; a great slant and a modern one on the old fairy tale. One almost feels sorry for the dastardly queen! I shall be looking for this book on Amazon.

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • David R Wood's avatar
    David R Wood wrote 1 year, 1 month ago

    Very dark, but original, of that there is no doubt. I struggle to envisage the target audience for this, and I feel that it could be extended, into a much more in depth piece. I always find it refreshing though to see new angles on old tales. I do this myself quite a lot, but you give the Snow White story a very unique and up to date twist

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • annieoverthesea's avatar
    annieoverthesea wrote 1 year, 2 months ago

    If this book had not already reached the desk, I would put it on my shelf immediately! I can see why it has done - after sampling just one story (Snow White) I'm a fan. I'll look for this on amazon.
    regards,
    Annie

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Kevin Bergeron's avatar
    Kevin Bergeron wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    Suppose that in the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Baby Bear is not a baby but a teenage boy bear, old enough to be left on his own to mind the den while Mama and Papa Bear take off for a getaway weekend. When they return to find their den ashambles and their son gone, naturally they conclude that their son has taken advantage of their absence to invite a few friends over, and the party got out ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Retired user
    scottish footsteps wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi Sue,

    So enjoyed the first 3 stories. Had me laughing out loud in some parts. I was hooked at the first paragraph. Wish I had a fairy godmother like Ella's......Am definitely going to buy a copy of this book for myself and for my local library.....The locals will love it....Oops forgot to say the title of the book is so quirky....

    Thank you
    Kay

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Sheena Macleod's avatar
    Sheena Macleod wrote 1 year, 12 months ago

    Sue, what an ingenious idea. I am loving these stories. All the original tales had a moral or social undercurrent and you have just updated this. Sheer brilliance. Good luck with the Ed
    Sheena

    The Popish Plot &
    Acts of Indulgence

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Daisy Hay's avatar
    Daisy Hay wrote 2 years ago

    Great fun. Some laughs in here. Nice book and easy read. On my shelf.
    Daisy

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • L.Lombard's avatar
    L.Lombard wrote 2 years ago
    This is so clever! I smiled through the first three stories. With Snow White, I kept thinking, “Eeek, imagine if she were someone’s mother in law!” The Planning Officer was just genius and The Fairy Godmother, so sweet. I like that you kept the general feel to each story--the scheming feel in Snow White, the pushy feel of B.B. Woolf, Esq. and the stubbornness of the Bacon family, and the sweetness in The Fairy Godmother. I’ll keep on reading, just ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Fiona Haven's avatar
    Fiona Haven wrote 2 years ago

    Hahaha!
    Made me laugh out loud.
    The pigs were my favourite.
    Thank you so much.

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Hedley Pilkington-Minge's avatar
    Hedley Pilkington-Minge wrote 2 years ago
    I'm sure there's always room for another take on the old fairytale routine. No doubt there is originality in your versions but I'm not a great fan of remakes. I also found the first person voice a bit tiresome after the first 4 chapters and wonder if more variation in the telling/teller might be a good idea. Having come across as all grumpy, may I say you write with style and relative ease and I wish you every success with ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • MJpaq's avatar
    MJpaq wrote 2 years ago

    Very clever idea, great storyline. I really enjoyed reading your book. The characters come to life and the prose is perfect for your concept. I wish you all the best, good luck- I also gave you a high rating, you deserve it!

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Retired user
    tjwingeart wrote 2 years ago
    Sue, How clever! I've always been a fan of fractured fairytales and I'm loving your twist on these old classics. I love how you give these little hints throughout the story that help me figure out who the speaker is - it's fun playing detective and picking up on all the clues. I am really enjoying these short stories and look forward to reading the next chapter. You have a unique voice and I'm confident that others will get a ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • Lisa Abraham's avatar
    Lisa Abraham wrote 2 years ago
    Well done Sue - brilliant ideas. I've read the first 3 so far and found them engaging, easy to read, amusing and in parts utterly brilliant. I like The Planning Officer best so far - genius! You write in a way that conjures up visual images in the reader's mind, and i can easily hear the voices, tones and emotions of the characters. I also really like that they are short - something you can easily pick up, enjoy, and ...
    Read more

    This comment refers to an earlier revision

  • John Lovell's avatar
    John Lovell wrote 2 years ago

    Hey Sue,

    Thought I'd take a look at another of your stories. Just read the Planning Officer. "And that's just the sister" caught me off guard and I was laughing a lot. I think it's the fourth story I've read and so far it's my favourite. The fact that it is all one-sided is very cleverly done.

    John

    This comment refers to an earlier revision