Children · Samuel Valentino · Stand Alone

The Silver Rings by Samuel Valentino


Meet twin sisters, Celia and Alice, whose bid for freedom from their evil stepmother leads them on a hilarious journey through a world of fantasy and imagination. Join the sisters as they encounter a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants, charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more! Readers will recognize familiar themes from their favorite tales and read new ones taken from cultures around the world. Author and illustrator Samuel Valentino has cleverly woven together a delightful fairy tale that teaches us resilience and creative thinking pay off in the end (


silver ringsI received a copy of The Silver Rings from Netgalley and I thought it looked pretty interesting so I gave it a shot. It is a quick, simple, and engaging read, and  I thoroughly enjoyed it and all the illustrations.


I thought the plot of the book was very cute, funny, and well done. I loved how the author mingled all sorts of different fairy-tales into his story including The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Puss in Boots and many others, but it isn’t what you would expect. Celia and Alice would be considered Cinderella, but in this case there are two of them and they have two evil step-sisters and an evil step-mother, who isn’t very bright and prefers to be called evil step-mother. The girls have a fairy as their godmother and after being separated from each other they each go on their own adventures and come across many interesting characters. Also, when they meet a prince they don’t rush into marrying him, which I thought was different. I just loved how it all fit together and I adored the ending! The only complaint I have about the plot is that some things were resolved too quickly. Suddenly one of the twins would be in danger and then two sentences later everything would be fine. I suppose younger children wouldn’t mind this at all, so it’s not a big deal.


Celia and Alice and are the two main characters in the story. Unfortunately, for main characters, they were not developed well. The only things that stands out are that they are twins and Alice doesn’t like the outdoors and Celia does. It just became a little confusing to tell them apart, but I suppose their twins so that’s the point. At least all the secondary characters were amazing! My favorite was Rant, a talking fox, who loves to tell and exaggerate stories, and has the most amazing napkin! 🙂 He really stands out as a character and you will know why once you meet him.

Overall Thoughts

It was a great book! Children will adore this book because its funny and adventurous, and adults will too because they will catch all the references to fairy tales. I recommend reading this book if you love fantasy, or fairy-tales or just want something different to read. It’s quick, fun, and completely enjoyable!

My rating 5/5 stars!

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