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Through the Mirror and Into Snow (Before Happily Ever After Book 1) by [Bugg, Ann T.]
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When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go through it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discovers they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.

Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend, and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Pau Hana Books; 3 edition (Jan. 26 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2HOECO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My daughter (9) and I read and reviewed this first book in the Before Happily Ever After series. Here's what we have to say:

DAUGHTER SAYS:

What I liked and didn’t like about it:

I liked that it was an adventure. I liked that it also had the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella (who was named Danielle!), and Snow White. The Mom in the story was really funny because she mixed up names for pets like a turtle named Fluffy and a dog named Otter. I also liked that they followed a possum into the world and the possum was really somebody else that was a surprise. I didn’t like that the story had my name in it which is Danielle. I’m not sure why it bothered me but I think it was because I don’t like it when other people use my name in books.

My bottom line:

I loved, loved, loved this book and I would highly recommend it to just girls (because boys like reading about boys) who are 7 years and older.

MOM SAYS:

What I liked and didn’t like about it:

What a clever idea! I love how the main characters Val and Sam travel to fairy tale land and meet not one, not two, but three princesses from some very familiar fairy tales. I also like the special twist at the end that reminds us that the stories of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella are not, in fact, original Disney movies! *ahem*

The story largely centres on Val and Sam meeting up with Snow White and we follow her story until she is safely housed with the notorious seven dwarves. While the dwarves are never named, they each exhibit special “characteristics” and we had lots of fun guessing which dwarf was which!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed21ce4) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
HASH(0x9ed5575c) out of 5 stars Fun Kid's Book April 25 2013
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Valerie and Samantha are great friends. They love to spend time finding adventures, and their creativity never ends. When they spot a random possum one day, they decide they have to chase after it. This leads to the discovery of a strange mirror, and this mirror leads to an amazing world where all the fairy tales they only read about come true. When the girls pass through the mirror they meet a young girl named Snow, and Valerie and Samantha quickly realize who this girl really is. As they try to help Snow, the girls also meet several other fairy tale characters. They soon have the adventure of a lifetime!

This book had a super cute concept. I loved the idea of encountering fairy tales in real life. Valerie and Samantha were fun, and I think younger girls would find them very relatable. I enjoyed their fearlessness and resourcefulness. Those are awesome things for young girls to read about. The mishmash of stories was also really fun. It was a fun concept, and I liked the way they interacted together (both the story characters with each other and the characters with Valerie and Samantha).

One thing that kind of took me out of the story was the narrator. The story was told by a gnome as a narrator, but it was kind of jolting when he would insert himself into the story. This took me out of it a bit. However, I'm not sure that will be a problem for everyone. I think it won't read as awkward especially for younger readers. Overall though I thought it was a really fun book. I look forward to reading the next two books as well. I think young girls with a thirst for adventure and a love of fairy tales will definitely enjoy these books. They are age appropriate and quick to read. This was an enjoyable book, and I am ready to read the next one.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed559cc) out of 5 stars Fun, clever book! Jan. 2 2012
By KJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great book! I got it for my middle schooler, but had to read it myself. It's very fun and clever and is a quick read. The author is very imaginative and creative. Can't wait for the next one. p.s. My middle schooler loved it, too.
HASH(0x9ed55df8) out of 5 stars Modern Day Twist on some Grimm Fairy Tales Dec 5 2012
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My daughter (9) and I read and reviewed this first book in the Before Happily Ever After series. Here's what we have to say:

DAUGHTER SAYS:

What I liked and didn't like about it:

I liked that it was an adventure. I liked that it also had the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella (who was named Danielle!), and Snow White. The Mom in the story was really funny because she mixed up names for pets like a turtle named Fluffy and a dog named Otter. I also liked that they followed a possum into the world and the possum was really somebody else that was a surprise. I didn't like that the story had my name in it which is Danielle. I'm not sure why it bothered me but I think it was because I don't like it when other people use my name in books.

My bottom line:

I loved, loved, loved this book and I would highly recommend it to just girls (because boys like reading about boys) who are 7 years and older.

MOM SAYS:

What I liked and didn't like about it:

What a clever idea! I love how the main characters Val and Sam travel to fairy tale land and meet not one, not two, but three princesses from some very familiar fairy tales. I also like the special twist at the end that reminds us that the stories of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella are not, in fact, original Disney movies! *ahem*

The story largely centres on Val and Sam meeting up with Snow White and we follow her story until she is safely housed with the notorious seven dwarves. While the dwarves are never named, they each exhibit special "characteristics" and we had lots of fun guessing which dwarf was which! It made me realize that my kids have never seen the movie Snow White because it is actually one of the more frightening Disney princess movies. We have read the book though so they did know about the seven dwarves.

As Val and Sam help Snow in her quest to find her father, they encounter baby Briar Rose/Aurora and are witness to the events around her birth (i.e., the uninvited fairy who casts a wicked spell on the baby). They also become entangled in the story of Danielle (aka Cinderella) who is held captive in her castle by her evil step-mother. Val and Sam then use their knowledge of the stories to help out all three princesses. We really liked the mix of familiar stories as seen and interpreted by the modern day characters of Val and Sam. For the record, my daughter was perturbed by the use of her name in the story ... although I think neither of us really knows why!

The characters in the story are each uniquely developed. We meet the quirky Mom (Val's) who looks after the menagerie of oddly-named animals on the farm and whose love of fantasy movies and fairy tales gets passed down to her daughter. Might I just say how I COMPLETELY appreciated the references to the movie "The Princess Bride" (LOVE that movie!). We are also introduced to Wilhelm and Dorothea, the loving childless couple who kindly take in Val, Sam, and Snow. They are the dream parents and Wilhelm turns out to be a bit of a surprise!

In some ways, Val and Sam are somewhat underdeveloped as main characters. We learn some things about their relationship as friends and they certainly have much of the dialogue, but I feel like there is more to be learned about the girls themselves. So much of the book is focused on what happens in the story, the relationships between the girls and the princesses, and the girls responding to situations they find themselves in. We learn more about Val and Sam through their responses and interactions with each other and with other characters than through their own thought processes. Regardless, they were solid likeable characters that I would still love to read about more.

My bottom line:

This book was a delight to read with my children. The twists and turns in the plot as well as the weaving in of familiar fairy tales into a new story was so much fun! I would recommend this book and the next ones in the series to children aged 7+.

**We received a complimentary copy of Through the Mirror and Into the Snow from the author in exchange for our honest review.**
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed55f78) out of 5 stars Very cute story Jan. 25 2015
By Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great story of two girls, Valerie and Samantha that went into the barn in search of a possum. They spotted him and then he disappeared. They thought he might be underneath a tarp and when they lifted the tarp they found a large mirror. They studied the splendour of the mirror and when they shone their flash light into the center of the mirror they saw what looked like a forest. They looked around them to see what was above them. Then they looked at the mirror again and saw the possum in the forest. One of the girls put her hand on the mirror and her hand went through the mirror and she pulled back quickly. After a minute they stepped into the mirror. Their was so much adventure afterwards. Ann Bugg did an excellent story that may be a little different than we have heard which will keep you in suspense. Great book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed55ce4) out of 5 stars A Light Fairy Tale Retell May 12 2015
By Angela castillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you have children who love retold fairy tales, but are a little too young for Once Upon a Time, they will love this story of two girls who go from present day into fairy tale land. Fun and fast paced, children will enjoy remembering the stories and guessing what happens next.
On a technical note, the story did become confusing at times when point of view would jump suddenly. This is explained by the garden gnome narrator, but there is nothing to remind the reader of him from the beginning to the end of the story. Also, the story was supposed to be set hundreds of years ago, but several modern words and concepts were mentioned by the fairy tale characters. Many younger readers will probably not notice these minor details. A clean read and exciting without being too scary.