Friday, November 12, 2010

A Tale Dark and Grimm review

At the very beginning, author Adam Gidwitz warns the reader that what he or she is about to read is not a sweet fairy tale...and you should believe him! Hansel and Gretel end up broken and bleeding, a myriad of characters attempting to kill them via unique and terrifying means, and both decapitation and finger severing play a role. The actual Grimm's fairy tales were right along these lines, filled with violence and scary stories, so Gidwitz has taken the originals and turned them into something kids are going to love!

Hansel and Gretel are our main characters, but several lesser known fairy tales are woven throughout their journey through the woods, to the witch's house, and all the rest about Hansel and Gretel we love. I found myself looking up the stories online to compare to the Gidwitz version and he stayed true to the original Grimm...violence and all!

Not for the faint of heart by any means, but a whole lot of fun for more mature kids. It's definitely a dark read, but SO funny. I would be careful with sensitive children or those that frighten easily. Gidwitz does warn the reader before every passage containing something scary or gross happens, but even with the warnings, a sensitive kid could get quite scared! Perfect for a family read aloud though, where you could make it lighter or darker depending on the child.

I would hand this to all the reluctant readers that you know, along with fans of fractured fairy tales, Lemony Snicket, and the like. A snarky read that will have you and the kids hooked from the first page.

A shameless work plug here...Adam Gidwitz will be at Hooray for Books, signing copies of A Tale Dark and Grimm from 3:15 to 4pm on Friday the 19th. That's a week from today! If you're local to the Washington D.C. Metro area, reserve a copy of the book and come have it signed (or just have it signed and pick it up later). OR if you aren't local and still want a signed/personalized copy, send me an email :)

A Tale Dark and Grimm
Adam Gidwitz
192 pages
Middle Grade
Dutton Juvenile
October 2010
Review copy borrowed


Beth S. said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Amanda said...

Beth, it's so much fun!