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A Tale Dark and Grimmby Adam Gidwitz
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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)
In this mischievous and original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales.
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.
"Unlike any children's book I've ever read. [It] holds up to multiple rereadings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be." - New York Times Book Review
"An audacious debut that's wicked smart and wicked funny." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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
Six noted illustrators lend their talents to a definitive Grimmsand#8217; gift edition This is a beautiful treasury of some of the most famous stories of the Brothers Grimm, reproduced in their original form. Among many others, the stories include: and#147;The Travelling Musiciansand#8221; (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers), and#147;The Golden Birdand#8221; (illustrated by Quentin Blake), and#147;Tom Thumband#8221; (illustrated by Raymond Briggs), and#147;Snow-Dropand#8221; (illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark), and#147;The Frog-Princeand#8221; (illustrated by Axel Scheffler), and and#147;Ashputteland#8221; (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). With an unjacketed, foil-stamped fabric cover, six full color plates, and colored endpapers, this is the perfect edition for gift-giving or for anyone who collects books as art.
About the Author
Adam Gidwitz was born in San Francisco in 1982. He teaches second grade at Saint Ann’s School, in Brooklyn.
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