Parents' Guide to

Whatever After Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Plot twists in beloved fairy tales make spirited stories.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Sweet and Funny... and a little feminism

This series is really cute, I’ve read the books with my younger daughter (6) and my 9 year old enjoys them as well. The main characters Abby and Jonah find a magic mirror that takes them into fairy tales - and through a series of comical mishaps, the kids rewrite the story to something that makes a little more sense than fairy tale instant marriages and happily ever after.

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Great messages
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age 6+

A fun series to read with your daughter

My daughter and I have been reading this series together since she was 5. These books are cute and very positive. The main character is strong but recognizes her mistakes.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (15):

These stories are fun to read. While most of us are familiar with the basic plots of most fairy tales, Whatever After puts all our known endings in doubt, because after Jonah and Abby prevent Snow White from eating the poison apple, how will the prince save her with a kiss and marry her for a happily-ever-after? The plots stay tense with Abby and Jonah's antics, witty writing, and new twists in every chapter. By updating the fairy tale enough for, say, Snow White to say she's only 16 and wants to focus on running her kingdom, not on getting married, these books offer a fresh, funny, empowering look at stories young readers love.

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