Today, we’re teaming up with Disney Books to celebrate the latest addition to their VILLAINS series, Mother Knows Best, which is the untold tale of Mother Gothel from Tangled — and also one of the most kick-ass villain songs in the entire Disney song book.
My family and I watched Tangled together again recently, and we had a fun conversation about (1) how insidious Mother Gothel is as a villain (she really effs you up with that whole “loving mother” routine, while being selfish and evil. And (2) as adults, even though we know she’s evil, we kiiiiiiind of relate to the general theme behind the song “Mother Knows Best.” Because kids? Teens? Chances are good, your mom really does know best.
What about you? Have there been any Disney villains you could sympathize with?
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MOTHER KNOWS BEST: A TALE OF THE OLD WITCH
VILLAINS Series, Book #5
By Serena Valentino
Recommended for ages 12+
The Disney VILLAINS series by Serena Valentino explores how the antagonists in Disney movies became some of storytelling’s most iconic villains. In the first five VILLAINS books, we see how the Evil Queen, the Beast, Ursula, Maleficent, and Mother Gothel fall into darkness, through the instigation of the mysterious Odd Sisters: Lucinda, Martha, and Ruby.
The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.
And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower?
Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic.
It is a tale of the old witch.
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Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling VILLAINS series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best.