Everyone says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but ironically everyone does. And since my book has a cover like this…


I’m absolutely okay with that. 

Cover Art by Zdenko Basic

Want to know my favorite part? That mischievous looking pixie on the left that looks like he’s about to pounce on Rump’s head, because he absolutely would. 

Front Jacket View

Back Jacket View

You can’t really read that small text but here’s the jacket description:

In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke.
Rump has never known his full name—his mother died before she could tell him. So all his life he’s been teased for his half-a-name. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. For Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Magical gold.

His best friend Red warns him that magic is dangerous—and she’s right! That gold is worth its weight in trouble. And with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse.

There’s only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name, along the way defending himself against pixies, trolls, poison apples, and one beautiful but vile-mannered queen. The odds aren’t great for a small boy in a land full of fairytale bullies, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—Rump just might triumph in the end.

And here are some nice things some amazing people have said about Rump…

“Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold—she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat.”
Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor Author of Hattie Big Sky

“Lighthearted and inventive, Rump amusingly expands a classic tale.”  

—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series 

So thrilled to be sharing this with everyone! Enter to win an ARC of RUMP! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


    • Suzi

    • July 24, 2012

    • 1:12 pm

    That is too cool! Love it.

  1. Such a fantastic cover. I’m so excited for this book!

  2. Love the cover and can’t wait to read it!

  3. I love it just as much as I love the premise. 😀

  4. This looks so awesome! Beautiful cover, too 😀

  5. That cover is GORGEOUS!! Can’t wait to share this one with my little boy. 🙂

    • Lauren

    • July 24, 2012

    • 1:59 pm

    It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! It’s going to look so good on shelves. 🙂

  6. I love it! Are you going to make this available for Kindle?

  7. Natalie, it should release as an e-book in all formats at the same time as the hardcover.

  8. I LOVE this cover Liesl!! It’s going on my pinterest fave covers board. 🙂 And I’ll tweet up your contest. Isn’t it fun, seeing your baby’s face for the FIRST time??? LOL. Congrats!!

  9. And P.S. Those are some AMAZING blurbs!!!

  10. Thank you Anita! Yes, it is a bit like seeing your baby’s face for the first time! 🙂 Though I’ve actually had the cover for a while, so I feel like I’ve been hiding my baby for months! So nice to finally share with the world!

  11. *snort* That is the BEST title ever–and the cover has stolen my heart. I can’t wait to nab this for my daughter. (BACK OFF, LADIES!! I’m all over this contest!)

  12. Best Author EVER…I can already tell:) Can’t wait! So excited!!

  13. Okay, so this cover is just so magical. I would read it alone just for that. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love it. CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!

  14. Ohhh! I love the little details and the overall feel dark but not necessarily too scary/creepy. So much fun. 🙂

  15. LOVE,love, love it, Liesl!

  16. Ahhh! LOVE IT!

    I cannot wait until this comes out!

  17. Oh my goodness! I’m experiencing a moment of pretty intense cover envy right now. That is INCREDIBLE!! I am in love! HUGE congrats on winning the cover lottery! I’m a billion kinds of happy for you!

  18. That is really a beautiful cover. This book sounds fantastic, and I’ve yet to read a Rumpelstiltskin retelling.

    • Vivien

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:16 pm

    What a fabulous cover!!!

  19. Gorgeous cover Liesl! I love that you included the jacket pics too – so exciting!!!

  20. Oh, so beautiful! I love the darkness and sparkle mixed.

    • Delia

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:25 pm

    Oh, what a gorgeous cover! Congratulations. That is fantastic.

    • Kelley

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:27 pm

    Jeez, that cover is just fantastic!

    • Vonna

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:31 pm

    Wonderful cover, and I love that this story is from Rump’s POV. Sounds fun!

  21. It looks so great, Liesl! Yay! And a fairytale retelling is something I always look forward to. Congrats!

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    • Sorry, I was signed in under my wrong Blogger profile, deleted the comment, but it didn’t delete the link totally.

      Anyway, I adore the cover AND the premise! How exciting for you, Liesl!

    • Rachel

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:45 pm

    OH MY GOD. This looks amazing!!!!! The cover is fantabulous, the story sounds great and I don’t usually love middle grade books anymore. AND…..you have a blurb from Kirky Lawson who wrote one of my favorites. WOW!!!! Congratulations, Liesl!!

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!

  24. OMG. Amazing cover. Magical!!!!! And great blurbs! Congrats!

  25. What an awesome cover! Can’t wait to read this.

    • Monica

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:53 pm

    Liesl, I am so excited for you! The cover looks super fun. Also, I like the pixie too. 🙂 Whoo-hoo!

    • Marisa

    • July 24, 2012

    • 3:54 pm

    This looks fabulous. So excited!

  26. What a fantastic illustration!! That cover art is awesome!! The book sounds fabulous, I can’t wait to read it!

  27. Fabulous! It’s a great cover and I couldn’t be more thrilled for you!

  28. Liesl! I love it! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  29. LOVE the cover. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Krispy

    • July 24, 2012

    • 5:00 pm

    Love the sound of this story, and goodness, that is a pretty cover! Congrats!

  30. I can’t wait to read your book, and you have one of the best covers I’ve seen recently. I always judge a book by the cover 🙂

  31. Such a great book–No wonder Katherin’s excited about it!


  32. I’m so excited for you. What a wonderful cover — it’s perfect! I’m a bit of a cover snob so I really mean this 🙂 Nice work to the artist and I’m glad you have such a great looking book. Also, it sounds great, too.

  33. This cover is gorgeous! And the story description is great. I’m definitely excited to read this. ^^

  34. Liesl, I love it! I can’t wait to read it to my boys. Congratulations!

  35. Gorgeous! I love it! 🙂

  36. Oh my goodness, that is amazing. I would be beyond psyched to have a cover like that. Congrats!

  37. Liesl!!! I ADORE IT! It is something I would pick up immediately. Congrats!

  38. Congrats, Liesl! The cover is beautiful, and you got such fantastic blurbs! Can’t wait to pick up a copy.

    • Sara

    • July 24, 2012

    • 7:29 pm

    I love MG covers so much! I seriously cannot wait to read RUMP!

  39. This cover is awesome! Congratulations, and thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Oh wow, that is a fantastic cover. I would’ve picked that up in a heartbeat when I was a kid! (And let’s be honest… I’d still pick it up now!)

  41. Oh, gosh, I have to agree with Meagan. This is definitely something I’d pick up off the children’s book shelves – then and now. 😉 Now, though, my little brother probably will steal it off me.

    Congrats on the cover reveal!

  42. Freakin’ awesome! I LOVE THIS COVER LIESL!!! Congratulations!

  43. You are an inspiration for the dream in each of us. Congrats on successful prospects. I can’t wait to read the story.

    • A.J.

    • July 24, 2012

    • 9:10 pm

    I’d love to have a copy of this for my classroom library (after I’ve read the whole thing myself, of course)!

  44. Love the art, it looks very interesting. 🙂

  45. This is just… wow… Awesome cover art, and I really want to read this!

  46. So excited for you Liesl! I can’t wait to read it!

    • Anonymous

    • July 24, 2012

    • 9:51 pm

    The cover art is beautiful. I hope they produce library bound copies. I’d love to have that in my school library. Very neat concept.

  47. Me! Me! Pick ME Rafflecopter! Liesl–I couldn’t be happier for you. I WILL be buying a copy of this, unless, I am the lucky winner, of course;-)

  48. So excited for you and to read this!!

  49. Liesl! I LOVE this cover! It fits so perfectly. It’s beautiful!!

  50. How fun!!! The cover looks so good, Liesl!

    • ilima

    • July 24, 2012

    • 10:59 pm

    So exciting! Your cover is beautiful.

  51. Love the cover and the blurb! This is definitely going on my to-read list.

  52. Love the cover and your story sounds so great. I’d love to win an ARC.

  53. And I don’t see an e-mail in your profile but I’d love to interview at Literary Rambles when your book releases. I’m Casey McCormick’s blog partner and interview debut and middle grade authors. Can you e-mail me? It’s rmarma2@yahoo.com

  54. Rump sounds like a great read and i love the cover! it’s so fun : )

  55. Hi Liesl,
    I think it looks terrific, and truly captures the feel of your story. Congratulations!
    Polly Holyoke

  56. Me! I have three boys ages 11, 9, and 7! I think they’d love this! Okay, forget them. I WOULD LOVE THIS!

  57. Oh, Robin, just hearing you have three boys that age makes me think you NEED this book! They will love it! (And I think you will too.)

  58. Blown away by this cover, Liesl. You must be so thrilled! I can’t wait to read it!!

  59. Very cool cover! Can’t wait to read it!

  60. What a beautiful cover! The book sounds great!

    • Kate

    • July 25, 2012

    • 1:38 pm


  61. I so want to buy this book, pre-read it, and give it to all my nieces.

    • Robin

    • July 25, 2012

    • 5:24 pm

    Wow Liesl-That cover, it is spot on for your book. I saw on twitter some people saying how good it was, but I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS amazing. Thrilled for you!
    I am so excited for this book. It’s the first book I read pre-published that’s turned into a real, life book, so I’m having irrational celebratory squealing activity. Seeing dreams realized. So. Dang. Cool.

  62. I love your cover. And I know I’m your CP, but I don’t care, I’m still entering!!!!

  63. That’s a fantabulous cover and Rump sounds like a very awesometastic MG read!

    • Erica

    • July 26, 2012

    • 12:23 am

    I just LOVE your cover and I simply cannot wait for Rump 🙂

    • Abby

    • July 26, 2012

    • 2:14 am

    This looks amazing Liesl!

  64. that cover is gorgeous!

  65. That is a wickedly awesome cover, Liesl. I knew about this since February, thanks to your friend Kate, so we look forward to preordering this. 🙂

  66. Fabulous, Liesl! Congratulations on a great cover and an amazing concept. Can’t wait to read it!

  67. I saw the cover on Edelweiss and marked it on goodreads. It is a really awesome cover and I can’t wait to read it :)!


  68. Love the cover! Can’t wait to read this one. 🙂

  69. Oh my heck!! It’s FANTASTIC, Liesl! Congrats, congrats!!

  70. ADORABLE! And SUCH a cute title!!!

  71. That is one amazing cover: It doesn’t skimp on the individual bricks in the building.

  72. AWESOME cover!!!

  73. I love it! Congrats on a most excellent cover! 😀

  74. I WANT THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness it’s perfect!!! Seriously, I totally judge a book by it’s cover and I would buy and read this book—even if I didn’t know the author. I couldn’t be prouder for you. I will be first in line……..if they sell it in Korea (which is where we’re moving too), but hey, I could just jump on over to Thailand and get it there!

  75. I adore the cover! The colors are fantastic and it totally says fairy tale. 😀

  76. This cover is gorgeous & I think the title is adorable. Can’t wait to read it!

  77. Loved the premise ever since I saw it! Love the cover just as much! CONGRATS!

    • Nour

    • July 29, 2012

    • 6:48 pm

    Beautiful cover and I love that we get the chance to see things from Rumpelstiltskin’s point of view.

  78. Love the cover and description!

    • Anonymous

    • July 30, 2012

    • 3:19 pm

    Looks like a great read. Thanks for the givaway!

  79. Really, I don’t even read a whole lot of MG, but this sounds like something I have to read. And that cover really is awesome. I’ll keep my eyes open for it!

    • Anonymous

    • July 31, 2012

    • 2:47 am

    Your book sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to read it.

  80. Congratulations Liesl. That cover looks fantastic. I can’t wait to read it!

  81. Aww bummer!I missed this?! 🙁 No fair!!!! >.< I want a do-over!!! Nobonita@Daydreaming Bookworm

    P.S New follower! 🙂

  82. What a awesome cover! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book for my grandkids and for me too.

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  87. Hi Liesl,
    Peggy Eddleman just plugged your book this week, so I hopped on over to have a peek. And based on the amazing cover and blurb I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

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