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A Tale Dark and Grimmby Adam Gidwitz
Synopses & Reviews
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.
Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
"Hansel and Gretel actually had their heads chopped off. Who knew? If that statement sends you scrambling for your favorite search engine, Gidwitz is savoring that reaction. And for readers who shriek with bloodthirsty delight, not skepticism, he has much more in store. Fracturing the folk tales of the Brothers Grimm, Gidwitz brings together old and new traditions of matter-of-fact horror. Hansel and Gretel become recurring characters in reworked versions of the Grimms' lesser-known tales, such as 'Faithful Johannes' and 'The Seven Ravens' (here, 'The Seven Swallows'). The children are seeking a 'nice' family after their father, no woodcutter but a king, pulls the aforementioned beheading stunt ('hey believed firmly in their little hearts that parents should not kill their children'). The perfect family proves elusive, and the children must extricate themselves from one outrageous situation after another--including, yes, a hungry old woman in an edible house. The rhythms and rhetoric of the prose are heavily influenced by verbal storytelling, which can on occasion strike a false note, but mostly add the intended wry wink to an audacious debut that's wicked smart and wicked funny. Ages 10 up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“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
"Addictively compelling." School Library Journal, starred review
"Charming and inventive...the perfect haunted book." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"One of the year's best children's books." The Virginian-Pilot
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.
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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