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What parents need to know
Parents need to know Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After offers a fresh angle on Nikki's troubles when she gets stuck in familiar fairy tales and has to find her way home. There's some mean-girl behavior and more consequences for bullying when the teasing accelerates from tricks and lies to blasting a ball into a child's face.
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What's the story?
Nikki took a ball to the face, and now she's stuck traipsing through fairy tales looking for a wizard who can help her get home. Sound familiar? Well, as usual with Nikki, nothing is as simple as it seems, especially when there's an evil witch that looks remarkably like her arch-nemesis trying to lock her up in a dungeon. Will she outsmart the witch and find the wizard? Will she make it past the hungry wolf, angry bears, and crazy Queen of Hearts? And the biggest question of all: Will she find Prince Charming?
Is it any good?
DORK DIARIES 8: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a fun and fluffy take on several fairy tales, with a Nikki twist. Author Rachel Renee Russell veers from the tried-and-true formula she's followed throughout the series; the fairy tale angle could have meant even more overly sweet, tweeny situations, but it makes the book more fun.
Readers will eagerly anticipate their favorite bedtime stories and enjoy trying to figure out which of Nikki's friends will play which role. Parents will appreciate more adult involvement in the bullying involving McKenzie and Nikki.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media portrays mean-girl behavior. What do you think the consequences should be for bullying?
What's different about how Nikki approaches problems in the fairy tales she encounters as compared with how they're handled in the real-life story? What messages does each approach send?
If you could rewrite any story, what would it be and how would you change it?
- Author: Rachel Renee Russell
- Illustrator: Rachel Renee Russell
- Genre: School
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publication date: September 30, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 13
- Number of pages: 304
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 4, 2020
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