A Tale Dark and Grimm

by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and Grimm coverAn incredibly inventive and funny combination of Grimm’s stories, A Tale Dark and Grimm winds through a portion of the fairy stories, highlighting the tale of poor Hansel and Gretel.

I know what you’re thinking. Hansel and Gretel? With the house made of candy and the cannibalism? Well, yes. But, also the story about WHY the twins were wondering in the woods in the first place and what happened after their encounter with the candy coated house.

Needless to say, as a fan of fairy tale retellings, I was delighted by this book. The premise itself is fun and unique, but the narrator is what really makes this book stand out. Declaring from the beginning that once upon a time fairy tales were awesome because they had blood and gore and scary bits, the narrator serves as both guide and warning post.

A Tale Dark and Grimm is technically a juvie book (which, in that vein, it’s a super fast read and I really think that it would be a great read-aloud) but I found it to be inventive and engaging and an all-around fun choice.

And, of course, it makes you want to go and reread as many Grimm tales as fast as your eyeballs can.

What shelf this book came from: the library shelf. (i heart my library!)

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