In this episode, we revisit Patrice Kindl (of Owl in Love fame), who put a funny spin on the Goose Girl fairy tale in her novel Goose Chase. I like to use this book to break things up in my booktalking presentations and make my audience laugh after I’ve finished telling them about a bunch of dark, scary, or sad books.
As always, a first-person booktalk takes a little extra effort, acting ability, and self-confidence. I find it both challenging and entertaining to look right at my audience and tell them (with a mostly straight face) that I’m as lovely as the dawn! In some ways, I both love and fear doing first-person booktalks. Does that make any sense? Well, surges of adrenaline work both ways, I suppose …
You might think that having your tears turn into diamonds and gold dust fall from your hair would be a good thing. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. You might also think that it would be wonderful to have a prince and a king competing for your hand in marriage. But you know what? That’s not so great, either. You know how you want that perfect someone to look into your eyes and see into your heart and realize that the two of you are soulmates and that you’re destined to spend the rest of your lives together? Yeah, well that’s not gonna happen when you’ve got diamonds and gold falling out of your head!
You know, six months ago my life was a lot easier. I was a goose girl. My life was simple, I lived by myself, and I was happy. And then one day I gave an old beggar woman my last crust of bread. And in return, she gave me a blessing, which if you ask me is more of a curse. Oh, and by the way, not only do I have diamonds falling out of my eyes and 24-karat dandruff, but I’m also as lovely as the dawn. That’s right, I’m a triple threat. But all my powers aren’t helping me at all right now; in fact, they’re what got me into this mess. You see, right now I’m locked up in a tower while the prince and the king wait for me to decide which one of them I’m going to marry. (Confidentially, my answer is “neither one,” but these guys don’t know how to take no for an answer!)
You know that “happily ever after” stuff? Don’t believe a word of it!