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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
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Apr 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

Here in the U.S. we often get the Disney-ized versions (no slight against classic animated films, of course) of the tales from the good Brothers Grimm. When I was a wee one, I remember hearing tales of how these stories were originally "dark and grimm." Anyway, Adam Gidwitz does a great job retelling the stories (with Hansel and Gretel as main characters); not only does he not give them a Disney treatment, but he goes all out, reveling in the most macabre aspects. Squeamish folk, fear not - he warns you before he gets to the good stuff! This book may be tagged "children's," but it will also appeal to teens and adults who like a little bit of black humor now and again! Read this to help nurture your healthy distrust of grown-ups and authority figures. Witty and clever!


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