Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Vande Velde, Vivian

(1951-    ) US writer of Children's Fantasy. Once Upon a Test (coll 1984 chap) contains three humorous fairytales in which princes and princesses break convention. VVV repeated this approach in the slightly more adult Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird (coll 1995), a collection Revisionist Fantasies: Though they lack the bite of Tanith Lee or the ring of the Marvellous created by Jane Yolen, they are enjoyable excursions. A Hidden Magic (1985) involves a young princess lost in the woods who becomes involved in a sorcerer's (> Sorcery; Wizards) battle against a Witch. A Well-Timed Enchantment (1990) is a Timeslip fantasy in which a girl and her cat retrieve an old watch from the past. In User Unfriendly (1991) some young boys find themselves trapped in a malfunctioning fantasy Game. Dragon's Bait (1992) involves a young girl, wrongly accused of Witchcraft, who befriends the Dragon she was sacrificed to. Companions of the Night (1995) is a Vampire romance emphasizing the attraction of the vampire motif for adolescents. In all these books VVV is able to pump new life and energy into traditional themes. [MA]

Vivian Vande Velde

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