A TALE DARK AND GRIMM
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2010
IL 5-8, RL 4.6
“Once upon a time, fairy tales
were awesome. I know, I know. You don’t believe me. I
don’t blame you. A little while ago, I wouldn’t have believed it
myself. Little girls in red caps skipping around the forest? Awesome?
I don’t think so.
Imagine, if you will, that fairy tales really existed. Imagine that Hansel and Gretel really were a brother and sister who wandered through a dark and grim wood. Now, imagine that there was more to the story than their pushing the old witch into the oven and running off. A Tale Dark and Grimm takes the story of Hansel and Gretel one step further allowing the reader to see into the dark and Grimm wood of the Grimm brothers. Their story is an awesome and scary tale of beheadings, monstrous beasts, and even the devil. Readers beware, this is not the cute story of breadcrumbs and candy-covered cottages that you think you know. This story is dark, scary, and full of violence, but it is a good story. The author teases us, "It may be frightening, and it's certainly bloody, but, unlike those other fairy tells you know, this one is true." Read it if you dare. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)
Characters in literature -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.