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The Big Book of Grimm (Factoid Books) Paperback – September 1, 1999
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This entry into the series collects various fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including such great stories as "All Soot", "The Goose Girl", "The Fox's Widow" & my personal favorite "Mother Hulda". Since these stories have been handed down via an oral tradition, there are many different versions out here- so don't be surprised if you find that one of these stories are different from what you are familiar with! (The Brothers Grimm traveled & collected stories from all over & they had discovered that there are many different versions out there of the fairy tales.)
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. The art style in the book differs from story to story, which works for many of the tales in here. You have some of the more humorous tales ("Clever Hans") drawn with a more playful hand, while others ("All Soot") have been drawn to be a little more somber & serious.
While I don't find anything truly objectionable in this book, some parents might not like some of the subject matter in one or two of the stories (violence, incest) & I recommend that they read over the book first so they can be aware of the stories & be able to discuss this with their children.
If you want more Brothers Grimm, I suggest that you check out one of the compilations of fairy tales that are out on the market, the best of which is The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. It collects many of the different versions & makes for a great companion piece to this book!
The artwork is highly varied (perhaps due to the whole 50 different artists thing) and this is main strength of the piece seeing how the artist's have uniquely interpreted each story.
The stories themselves are mostly enjoyable, the dialogue is mostly hilarious although at times I felt the author missed the mark with his anachronisms, the fun bits made up for it all and made Big Grimm a worthwhile time.