The other day, as I was wandering through the Goodreads website, I came across a short story -- "The Dryad's Shoe". I had a few minutes of free time so I decided to take a peek. I'm so glad that I did.
"The Dryad's Shoe" is a charming little twist on the classic Cinderella which includes rebellion against frilly dresses, social norms, and cleanliness.
The author of the story is T. Kingfisher, who turns out to be Ursula Vernon, an award winning author and illustrator of books for children including the Dragonbreath Series, the Digger Series, and the Hamster Princess books.
According to her Goodreads bio, T. Kingfisher is the pen name Vernon uses when "writing things for grown-ups".
Now that I've dipped into her short stories for "grown-ups", I'm looking forward to reading her works for children. I'm sure they'll contain the same quality of delicious language, sarcastic humor, and spunky characters that roam her short stories.
If you're a fairy tale fanatic, a lover of language, or a craver of chuckles, the work of T. Kingfisher is worth a look.