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A Tale Dark and Grimm Paperback – August 18, 2011
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Accolades for A Tale Dark & Grimm:
• New York Times bestseller
• Selection on the Today Show’s Al’s Book Club for Kids
• NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Selection
• An E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book
• New York Times Editors’ Choice pick
• Publishers Weekly Flying Start
• School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
• ALA Notable Book
“Unlike any children’s book I’ve ever read . . . [it] holds up to multiple re-readings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be.”—New York Times Book Review
“A marvelous reworking of old stories that manages to be fresh, frightening, funny, and humane.”—Wall Street Journal
Accolades for In a Glass Grimmly:
• New York Times bestseller
• A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012
• A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012
• A School Librry Journal Best Book of 2012
“Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Compulsively readable.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once, with tons of kid appeal.”—The Horn Book
“Adam Gidwitz leads us into creepy forests, gruesome deeds, terrible monsters, and—far worse—the dark places of the human heart. It’s horrible . . . and I LOVED it!”—Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami
About the Author
Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time—which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in them not only happened in the real fairy tales…it all also happened to him. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz
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If you haven't already gathered by its title, A Tale Dark & Grimm is a retelling of an original Grimm story, Hansel and Gretel--only this version is much darker than the one you're used to. There is blood. There is violence. There is gore. There are no happy endings--yet. We watch Hansel and Gretel as they travel through several other well-known Grimm fables and we learn the sinister truth. Ten short stories make up this harrowing adventure and they feature a cannibalistic old woman, a bloodthirsty boy-beast, the Devil's trickery and an alarmingly menacing dragon. As I said before, these aren't your usual fairy tales. These are fairy tales for the twenty-first century. Gidwitz makes fairy tales so much more awesome!
What really drew my attention were the quirky narrations throughout the course of the book. Our narrator uses cheeky, fantastical, well-placed asides to highlight the pressing dangers or grim (pun totally intended) nature in each of these stories, without being patronizing to the reader. Gidwitz doesn't take these stories lightly and he definitely makes the protagonists suffer, but that's what's so brilliant about this book. He teaches valuable lessons and the reason our heroes prevail is because of that very suffering. He shows us the magic and power created for and by children and he stays honest to that through to the very end.
Food for Thought: A Tale Dark & Grimm is just the sort of story that parents and youngsters can enjoy reading together. This book enforces a strong moral code and does it in a way that is both grisly and exciting. I loved every disturbing, thrilling, funny moment and would wholeheartedly recommend it to those who enjoy their fairy tales with a side of sadism.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Adam Gidwitz is a very twisted man. I mean that in the very best possible way. Because there is no denying that it takes someone whose imagination is a little curvier than normal to come up with retelling the tales of the Brothers Grimm - in all their original, grisly splendor - in a way that modern readers will enjoy. And Adam Gidwitz's imagination has curls like a corkscrew.
A Tale Dark and Grimm is the story of Hansel and Gretel. Not just the bit that everyone knows, with the breadcrumbs and the witch and the oven and so forth. No, this is the full and authentic story of the intrepid twins, from their birth in a royal castle to their long wanderings and their eventual return home. Along the way, Hansel and Gretel manage to weave their way through several of the more obscure (and gruesome) tales ever collected by the Grimms.
It's almost inconceivable that A Tale Dark and Grimm is Adam Gidwitz's first novel. The prose is sharp and sly and each successive chapter lures the reader into the state of 'just a few pages more.' The skeletal framework Mr. Gidwitz has lifted from various Grimm's fairy tales is fleshed out by the author's own imaginative ideas and seamlessly interwoven with his unique observations on the Hansel and Gretel story. The intermittent interjection of the storyteller's voice, offering warnings and musings and explanations, adds just the right touch to this stellar new fantasy.