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Murder, kidnapping, cruel and unusual punishment, violent revengethese are not the bedtime stories mummy used to read. Newly reissued with a fresh cover, Grimm's Grimmest presents nineteen original, unsanitized, wholly unholy tales as they were first collected by the Brothers Grimm circa 1822all fiendishly illustrated. The tales harken back to a time when travelers risked ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 25th 2005 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Cait Grace
So basically Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm had some serious psychological problems. THIS BOOK IS DISTURBING. Well,duh...it is called GRIMM'S GRIMMEST. But the sheer macabre imagination. Woah, dudes. Woah.
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The book is a collection of the worst Grimm fairy tales. Some are crazier than others. I didn't like most of the animal ones. Like one bloke has a kid born as a hedgehog (for no particular reason....some people are just unlucky).

Here are a few of the notable ones:

- The Mother-in-Law: Basically she
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Erica
I purchased this book to get an understanding of where some of our fairy tales came from and the lessons and morals that were told long before my time. The Grimm’s Grimmest is an exact translation of the original short stories published in German.

They are gruesome and living in the world we live in today I cannot imagine how these stories did not give little children nightmares. Were they really written for adolescent adults filled with such idiosyncrasies? Or were they, as you will understand
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Juushika
This volume collects a number of fairy tales recorded by the brothers Grimm, translated and illustrated to preserve all of the macabre aspects. Murder and mutilation to incest and cannibalism, there is a little bit of everything grotesque in these stories, which range from well-known tales such as Cinderella to lesser known stories such as Hans My Hedgehog. Tatar's short introduction makes up the sole elaboration and explanation of the texts--there is little commentary, little history, and littl ...more
W.B.
Dec 13, 2007 W.B. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Brothers Grimm are way beyond good and evil. They satisfy in the way the best poetry does, and the images swirl up and dance with the amoral force and beauty of tornados on the open plains. About as fanciful (and as full of metamorphoses) as Ovid. This edition compiles the darker stories, the ones often Bowdlerized for children's books. Here they are presented as they were originally written and published. The introductory essay is brief, but presents a lot of interesting facts about the dif ...more
Vasha7
Some of these excerpts from Grimm's fairy tales are stories familiar to English-speaking readers, though with all the crude and violent parts left in: Cinderella (Aschenputtel), Rapunzel, The Goose Girl, etc. There are also less-familiar fairy tales and other sorts of tales too. It's all good stuff! One or two stories read less smoothly than the rest, but most of them were fun and dramatic.

I noticed that they fell into a few categories with regard to their structure and their themes. Overwhelmin
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Sarah Sammis
The brothers Grimm collected and published over two hundred fairy tales. Grimm's Grimmest has nineteen of the most bloody of them with gory illustrations by Tracy Arah Dockray.

My two favorites were "Hans my Hedgehog" and "Rapunzel". "Hans My Hedgehog" has made me rethink Sonic the Hedgehog. The illustration on page 39 really looks like him except with less sexy shoes.

"Rapunzel" caught my attention because the first two pages are recreated so closely and so well at the start of Rapunzel's Revenge
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GoodReadsAccount
Book of rewrites and abridgements of the original fairy tales, as set down by the the Grimm brothers.

I'm not sure why this book exists. It's all abridgements and rewrites of their originals, which are readily available in countless dozens of other books. This one has a heavy accentuation on illustrations, and is very brief, with very large text, as if marketed towards children. But, this is definitively not a children's book--there's a reason these fairy tales changed significantly with the many
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Tigerlily
Jun 28, 2011 Tigerlily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairytale enthusists, bloodthirsty people
Shelves: fairytales
I loved this particular collection of Grimm tales and the illustraitions as well. Short descriptions or summaries or whatever I felt like writing for each of the stories below.
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The Juniper Tree: This particular story I had actually read before, but I liked this version better.
The Three Army Surgeons: Sortof funny, sortof creepy. I think that the moral was 'Don't do stupid things to impress people, especially if they involve maiming yourself'.
Th
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sweet pea
this is a rollicking romp through the worlds of the Grimm fairy tales. this collection features only those tales that support noble family values, such as murder, incest, cannibalism, mutilation, torture, and teenage pregnancy. in other words, it features the original non-sanitized versions of the tales in all their gory glory. along with pious maids waiting for their due, there are some wickedly feisty heroines who solve their problems themselves - often with gruesome outcomes for their adversa ...more
Cami
So.
This is a small collection of some of the Grimm Brothers' more bloody and vile tales. Some of them are a bit hard to read and it's definitely hard to see the value in such tales.
The introduction was somewhat interesting, containing thoughts on the fine line these tales walked between adult entertainment and children's tales.
Since these tales have been told over and again, I expected the illustrations to hold some good merit, but they were as crude in one sense of the word and some of the acti
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Shikamaru
If there is one thing I love in my stories, its darkness. screw the happy, cheerful tales that give you a feeling of hope anf joy. I want tales about murder, canibalism, and giving birth to a hedgehog. Yeah, you heard right, a hedgehog. This book has a lot of that which makes it a great read (at least for me). The colored picture were good and the black and white pictures were ehhh. Overall i liked it.
Lisa Susan
This book is bizarre, but a good read! I was shocked at the stories, which include murder, incest, and cannibalism, not at all what you'd expect from the Grimm brothers! Still, it was extremely interesting to read the original stories. I had no idea that what I read as a child were not the authenic tales.
Kathryn Smith
Funny, but my mother told me all the gory bits when she told me these stories as a child. I was expecting something even darker, but it's a great read.
Mira Roderica
I got complicated feelings toward this book. It is absurd (of course), yet it is amusing in its own way. If you wish to read some cute fairy tales with happily-ever-after endings, stay away from this book. I mean it seriously. It is not even safe for kids xD
But still, reading normal fairy tales nowadays will be boring, right? xD

When I say that this book is not safe for kids, it is because there are so many bloody scenes within the stories in the book. At first, you will "Iukh, so bloody..." and
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Tabbitha Lindsley
Rapunzel, Aschenputtel (Cinderella) and other stories we heard from our childhood originated from the Grimm's brothers tales. These stories however are not the sweet happy tales that Disney makes them out to be but rather tales of darkness and horror. This book is a collection of some of Brothers Grimm original tales in all their darkness. Wonderful book that was clearly for children of a different time.
Claudia
Not comprehensive collection but a great intro that gives a very comprehensive background of Grimm and how they're stories morphed. It's more than just Disney at work here. The Grimm brothers themselves started censoring themselves within the 2nd edition! If you want to all the original stories, go grab the original first edition. I found this book a great taste of a variety of imaginative and colorful tales. Nicely illustrated for further attention grabbing and visualization. Given the sparse l ...more
Cynthia
Jul 27, 2014 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I've always read the general happily-ever-after fairy-tales (Disney), but never actually read them the way they originally were. Some of the stories are hilarious, others are gruesome and senseless, while the rest leave you wondering. I would read it, again, for sure.
Jody
I read this book because my curiosity about Grimm's fairytales was piqued by the book "A Tale Dark & Grimm." I had heard all the old standards, but very few that were referenced in the above mentioned book. Grimm's Grimmest has some weird stuff in it. At times I laughed, especially at the endings, even though the stories aren't really funny. It's more laughing at the extremely strange. Lots of getting hacked to pieces and eaten in this book. The stories you thought you knew have very differe ...more
Lasairfiona Smith
Dec 09, 2007 Lasairfiona Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark and original Fairy tales
This was given to me and I have read it over and over. The dark tales are told fluidly without losing any of it's dark side. I like these better than some of the original material. The stories are the same but the way they are told are a bit more smooth and modern. This is the book that got me really hooked on dark fairy tale and other horror. I love that fairy tales were meant for adults. These stories don't hold back and they shouldn't.

The only think I dislike is a nasty typo/ missed edit that
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Nicole
Jul 09, 2010 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2010
After I read The Book of Lost Things, I became extremely interested in the origins of fairy tales and the tales in their original form... then I remembered, I have Grimm's Grimmest (received as a present from someone in the office when I told them I liked Harry Potter and Halloween), so I decided to read it. This book tells the tales in their original, gory form. You see everything in here, girls getting their hands chopped off, stepmothers getting stones dropped on their heads, people magically ...more
Michelle
These rather gruesome tales are based on the third edition of Kinder und Hausmarchen (Nursery and Household Tales) by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm published in 1822. You can still see the glimmer of the Disney-like fairy tales we grew up with, but much much darker. According to the author, the brothers Grimm meant to write down and save the old German folk tales which were passed on from generation to generation before they were gone forever. And life is not actually picture-perfect. It is often brut ...more
Katy
Kenny and I read a few of these Grimm tales at bedtime, and then realized that they were the stuff of nightmares, even for grownups.
This took me back to my childhood years in Germany. I got the distinct impression that childhood is not all sugar and spice when we used to visit the Medieval Torture Museum in Rothenberg and we saw the little jailcells and sawhorses kids would sit on with weights on their ankles for misdeeds. These tales include cannibalism and horrible punishment for heinous crim
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Mackenzie
Not as grim as the description would have one believe, especially for today's desensitized society.
Tarah
These stories are twisted and wonderful. Fairy-tales at their darkest, creepiest best.

The edition, however, isn't much to write home about- though I realize it's serving really only one purpose: put all the creepiest stories together.

I prefer Tater's Norton edition of Fairy Tales, which is, of course, FAR more complete/thorough. This edition is fine, and if you want all the naughtiest of fairy tales (all of which are, arguably, deeply disturbing in their own right), this is a nice-looking editi
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Angela
For grades 6 and up, ages 11 and up

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Not the Grimm's fairytales that you may know, but they are closer to the original stories. Murder, gruesome punishments, and violent revenge are the foundation of these 19 familiar stories. Great for those kids who think that fairytales are all sparkles and fairy dust. These are the stores that the Grimm Brothers wrote down from the scared storytellers in those villages that sat near the edge of the dark forest. May not be really good for bedtime, but st
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Rebecca Wiler Ward
The Grimms were grim indeed!
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Faith
There’s a part of me that still somehow expects life to be like a fairy tale. Even though there’s all the sucky unfairness of everything, somehow there’s got to be a happy ending. The good people get rewarded, the bad guys get their just desserts, and everyone lives happily ever after. Grimm’s Grimmest contains some of the darkest of Grimms’ fairy tales, and is a satisfying read.
Paty
Violent deaths, chopping off heads, unfaithful wives, and abusive step-mothers. A collection of horror stories is what I would call this. And I'm only halfway through the book.
I have to say that a few of the stories don't "flow" well, you could say they are not well written. If the brothers Grimm were around today, they would be in need of a serious editor.
Elena
I have already read all of the Grimm fairytales several times. The selection of "grim" stories in this collection is really enjoyable for three and a half stars. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous for the other star and a half. Definitely geared more towards adults. For the kids, you might want to stick more with Hans Christian Andersen -esq tales.
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