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The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy Tale Reboots for Adults Paperback – April 12, 2021

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Melissa Balmain edits Light, America's longest-running journal of light verse. Her humor has appeared in The American Bystander, Lighten Up Online, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Success, The Washington Post, and Weekly Humorist. Her full-length poetry collection, Walking in on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award), has been praised by Poet Laureate Billy Collins as an infectious, often hilarious blend of the sweet and the lethal, the charming and the acidic.

Ron Barrett is the illustrator of the classic picture book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, one of The New York Times' Ten Best Illustrated Books. It has sold over six million copies globally and produced two motion pictures, a TV series, and plastic toys in Happy Meals. Ron's illustrations have been exhibited twice at The Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs, most recently art from Animals should definitely not wear clothing. Ron's work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. He's also been Art Director of The National Lampoon.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Humorist Books (April 12, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 43 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1954158068
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954158061
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.11 x 8.5 inches
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Melissa Balmain is a writer, teacher, and recovering mime. She edits Light, America's longest-running journal of comic verse, now free online at www.lightpoetrymagazine.com.

Her books include Walking in on People (Able Muse Press, 2014), chosen by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award; and The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy-Tale Reboots for Adults (Humorist Books, 2021). Poet Laureate Billy Collins has described her work as "an infectious, often hilarious blend of the sweet and the lethal, the charming and the acidic." Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten has called it "extremely irresponsible."

As a journalist and humorist, Balmain has traveled widely and written on subjects ranging from popular culture to parenthood, from cattle ranchers to collies that surf. Her memoir, Just Us: Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber, 1998), is about the days when she was free to run off with her mother and mush sled dogs or hike with llamas--also known as the days before she and her husband became parents of two.

Balmain's poems and prose have appeared in many anthologies, and in such publications as The American Bystander, American Life in Poetry, The Hopkins Review, Lighten Up Online, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Rattle, The Spectator, Success, and The Washington Post. In addition to the Able Muse Book Award, she has won national journalism honors and the Poetry by the Sea Sonnet Award; she was a finalist for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award, and the Richard Wilbur Award.

She teaches writing at the University of Rochester and lives nearby with her husband, their two children, and a pair of non-surfing cats.

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Call it 'black humour' if you will, but after reading Snow White or The Pied Piper to John Jr or Suzy-Q for the 300th time, these well-wrought verses strike me as a relief. They're witty, highly-spiced and laugh-aloud memorable. Kids will be kids, yes, but guaranteed, The Princess and the Pea, The Gingerbread Man and numerous others will never sound the same -- to you -- again.
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