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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
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Aug 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-fiction, based-on-fairy-tale, humor, caudill-2014, siblings, fantasy, metafiction
Read from August 05 to 06, 2011

An irreverent, tongue-in-cheek look at Hansel and Gretel written with lots of humor. After Hansel and Gretel defeat the wicked witch in the candy-covered house, they find themselves in lots of other Grimm fairy tales.

Surviving beheading, a trip with the devil into hell, a fiery dragon and lots of other dangers, the twins parents relinquish the thrown and pass it on to Hansel and Gretel to rule over the grateful and admiring people of the kingdom.

A Tale Dark and Grimm is written with so much humor and liveliness that the reader doens't really mind all the blood and guts. Written with children in mind, but not condescending to kids...this story will have kids in awe. Vocabulary, sentence structure, and content is advanced, but the author Gidwitz, it is evident, really respects kids' ability to sort through the complexities. Also, the narrator, Johnny Heller is excellent.

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