by Adam Gidwitz
on October 28th 2010
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers Goodreads
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.
This weeks Middle Grade Monday is the first of its kind and it’s a special one! This week my daughter and I will both be reviewing A Tale Dark and Grimm. We decided since I’m always suggesting books to her and she’s always trying to get me to read what she’s reading, we would just read the same book at the same time and review it on my blog! HOW FUN! Madalynne is in the 5th grade and is always reading like crazy. I actually started the Middle Grade Monday feature because of her. She was reading books I hadn’t read and I wanted to be able to flail over them with her. Without further ado, here is our review of A Tale Dark and Grimm.
At first I was like ‘Okay this is going to be another remix of a fairy tale’. As soon as I got out of the first chapter, I was like ‘whoa, this isn’t a children’s book’. But then it started to get really interesting. The narrator is hilarious. I liked how he made jokes out of the bloody scenes and he compared stuff to how it was then to how it is now. I liked the way the book was written best [out of everything], a whole bunch of stories all wrapped up into one. It was different, unusual, not your normal fairy tale book. There were some parts I really didn’t enjoy at all, I don’t want to give them away but what Hansel and Gretel parents did was a horrible mistake. I didn’t like it but it made me curious about the rest of the book. I also think the parents have horrible parenting problems too!
Overall I think it is an amazing book. I think it won a spot in my top ten favorites. I’ve already recommended it to my friends and I want to continue with the series. It’s not the very best but it’s pretty awesome in my opinion.
I promise you this is a Hansel and Gretel retelling like nothing you’ve ever read before. I bought this book a while back because I fell in love with the cover. I tend to buy books with pretty covers even if I don’t really know much about the book itself. When I heard this might be made into a movie I bought a second copy so we could buddy read it. I didn’t know it was a bloody as it is… beheadings, slicing off a finger, chopping up children and eating them in stew, skinning a boy, and probably more I haven’t mentioned. I wasn’t really sure what to think at first but the more I read the more engrossed I became. Gitwitz really put a different spin on a lot of different fairy tales. I really enjoyed this book, it was both gruesome and funny! Definitely recommended for older middle grade readers.
Well, there you have it folks. Our first ever dual review. I hope to make this happen more often, maybe once school lets out and we have more time to read! I checked IMDB for any information on the movie but it looks like there probably won’t be one. IMDB hasn’t updated anything in a LONG time.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: