With sardonic wit and a decidedly contemporary sensibility, Koertge retells 23 classic fairy tales in free verse, written from the perspectives of iconic characters like Little Red Riding Hood, as well as maligned or minor figures such as the Mole from Thumbelina and Cinderella’s stepsisters... A fiendishly clever and darkly funny collection.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A much-honored poet and novelist retells, in free verse and from various points of view, twenty-three familiar tales (mostly Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault). With a contemporary sensibility and voice, Koertge pitches directly to teenagers. . . Dezsö’s choice of cut-paper illustrations is brilliant, a nod to Hans C. Andersen’s skill in that medium despite the radically different tone.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
The poems beg to be shared aloud, like the best gossip. The sensibilities are wry, often dark, and the language is occasionally earthy... This slim volume is at once simple and sophisticated, witty and unnerving.
—School Library Journal
Ron Koertge is the author of many award-winning novels, including Stoner & Spaz and its sequel, Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup; Strays; Deadville; Margaux with an X; The Brimstone Journals; and The Arizona Kid. A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature, he lives in South Pasadena, California.
Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist and writer who works across a broad range of media. She is a full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lives in New York City.
If prose poetry or novels in free verse is new, you are in good hands with “the wisest, most entertaining wise guy in American poetry” according to Poet Laureate Billy Collins, of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by heartbluestockings
I have yet to read the book, but I really enjoyed the illustrations, which are truly wonderful and fanciful. That's all folks.Published on August 17, 2013 by Paula D. Gordon
I must have pressed the wrong button. When this book showed up, I could not recall ordering it. Still can't. But I have enjoyed its remaking of the old fairy tales in ... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Wanderer
I wish I could have rated this book zero stars, because it's worth about that much. What is this? The language isn't interesting enough for it to be poetry, and the view is far too... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by wysewomon
I read this book out loud last night to my dinner party guests and everyone was immediately taken, and one teacher is now thinking of adopting the book. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Kate Gale
Lies Knives and Girls in Red Dresses is a collection of dark, dark modern fairy tales. They are really dark and grim, I would say. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Black Plum
Dark, sometimes gory retellings of classic Fairytales. That about sums up Lies, Knives, and Girls In Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, with illustrations by Andrea Dezso. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by MaryAnn
Short and entertaining, lyrical and heinous. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses retells different fairy tales from Cinderella to Red Riding Hood all jam-packed in this short... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Courtney Ann