Once I opened this I realized that I had indeed read it as a child; I remember the illustrations, especially Kindle the fire-spirit and Bumble, who even at 5 I thought was dumb. It wasn't a favorite then, and I'm afraid I'm not impressed now, either. It is okay, but I have come across many better retellings of the basic story. The characters didn't have that much personality. Also, modern tales where the True Love is based on one glance at the Amazingly Beautiful (and rich) Princess leave me cold. I would have expected something with more verve from Williams.