This is a three ring circus like no other. It is the dark side of The Emerald Circus. I loved those stories and thought I might not like Yolen’s dark side. I should not have worried, for these stories chilled me to the bone, and I loved every minute! This is a collection of previously published works dating from 1974 to 2013. A few were repeats for me, but most I had not read, or were stories I had mostly forgotten. You will find a Little Red Riding Hood, quite unlike the one you have known, and several Holocaust stories, dark and haunting. There is a bit of terror, but no blood. And of course, there are witches and wolves. Almost all of the poems are new, and all are wonderful.
eGalley review Publication date 10.1.2020