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❮Epub❯ ➢ A Tale Dark and Grimm ➡ Author Adam Gidwitz –

I studied fairy tales a bit in college one of my favorite subjects, in fact so the premise of this book intrigued me Imagine if all those children in Grimm stories, the ones who pop up when a poor couple bemoans that they have no children, or who get entrapped by a creepy devil man, or who get killed by their parents, are actually the same two children They re Hansel and Gretel And each story, generally culled from the Grimms work, takes them on a journey of self discovery and independence Cool idea, yes And it is Unfortunately, the framework that holds the entire story together is a narrator who frequently makes interjections to warn the reader of impending doom Perhaps in an effort to avoid sounding too Lemony Snickety, the tone of this narrator is excessively casual, jocular to the point of it being grating I would ve appreciated a genteel narrator Begging your pardon, gentle readers, but I simply must insist that I frequently wished I could read faster just to skip over those bits and get back to the story of Hansel and Gretel, which I loved Ultimately, I think my interest in this book was mostly due to the subject matter and less the execution writing style I m not sure I d seek out Gidwitz s next book, but I would be interested to know what he plans to tackle next, and if the subject appealed, I d go for it.I will also admit that I m an old softie so when I read the author s note in the back about how he s a second grade teacher, I melted and he endeared himself to me a bit You guys, I cry at things like shuttle launches and stories of old ladies who attend soldiers funerals, so I can t be trusted. I loved, loved, loved this book This is the kind of book that I wish I could find of I think it was a wonderful fix of humor, horror, suspense, angst, and a great coming of age story I didn t think that I would appreciate a story with Hansel and Gretel thrown into other fairy tales, nor could their story sustain a full length novel I was wrong on both counts Hansel and Gretel became very dear to my hearts They started out as little children who were doing what little children did Living their lives, having fun, basking in the love of their parents and caregivers Until circumstances cause them to embark out into the cold, cruel, scary world.Adam Gidwitz doesn t go easy on Hansel and Gretel, nor does he go easy on the reader There are some very violent, disturbing aspects in this story For that reason, I disagree with the 9 and older rating I would say it should be 11 and older I realize that he is true to the original Grimm s fairy tales, and I know I did read fairy tales at a younger age So maybe some kids would be fine with it As a grown up, I winced on some parts myself I loved the aspect of the narrator breaching the third wall and talking to the audience as he read He would warn us to send the little kids to bed or to get the babysitter He would warn the reader that some very bloody parts were coming, and good thing he did He would encourage the reader through the very sad parts and they were very sad He would make hilarious asides that had me braying with laughter in my car as I listened My sister told me I was silly when I laughed at some parts yesterday But it was so funny This is a truly fun book, guys And Johnny Heller, the narrator, did such a great job of creating a lively atmosphere for this story Kudos to him A Tale Dark and Grimm is a story of courage It s a novel that shows that children have depths of endurance, ingenuity and strength that adults often dismiss I m not saying that every child could survive what Hansel and Gretel endure, but I think about what kids go through every day, and this message resonated with me It s also a cautionary tale to parents Parents need to consider carefully what it means to be a parent, and how much they cherish their children Are children a means to an end, a possession, or are they worth their weight in gold I ll leave that to people with kids to decide, although I have my own opinions on that.My verdict on this book is as follows Read it If you like fairy tales, you definitely need to read it If you see this on audio at your library, pick it up, just for fun Although some parts are pretty tough, this was a very entertaining and often moving story I borrowed this from my library, but I definitely want to get my own copy to add to my keeper shelf, preferably with my fairy tale collection.Highly recommended 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 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 Do you know the feeling that you knew everything that was about to happen even before you read it Well, nothing surprised me in this Not a single thing It had great potential, but it did not work for me There are some fantastic re tellings, but this one is not it at least not for meNo, of course, it can t The moon can eat children, and fingers can open door, and people s heads can be put back on.But rain Talk Don t be ridiculous.Good thinking, Gretel dear Good thinking Because the best way to will a warlock is to cook him with poisonous snakes in a cauldron of boiling oil.Obviously. Gidwitz spins a twisted tale that sends Hansel and Gretel into the deep, dark, and sometimes, bloody forest Not surprisingly, no one there is quite what they seem The author narrator frequently warns the reader that bad things are going to happen and, boy do they ever Hansel has a Hell of a time, as heads roll, and dragons roar Gretel s no slouch either, when it comes to taking names, and kicking butt Anyone who enjoys their fairy tales on the grisly side should enjoy this story of two tough siblings and their grim adventures. Didn t want to read this Nope Not a jot Three reasons for that First off, the title I ve said it about twenty times since reading it and every time I can t quite get it right derivations have included Something Dark and Grimm , A Grimm Tale , and Something Grimm Second, the jacket of the hardcover edition of this book isn t particularly new Silhouettes against a blue background Ho hum Third, I couldn t believe that I was dealing with yet ANOTHER middle grade novel adapting fairy tales in new ways After a while the The Sisters Grimm The Grimm Legacy titles out there begin to meld together From The Goose Girl to Into the Wild to Sisters Red I sometimes feel as if I am a little tired of fairy tales I guess it takes a book like A Tale Dark and Grimm to wake me out of this funk To my surprise, Gidwitz s debut is unlike anything I ve ever encountered before I ve never seen a book meld the snarky narrator of something like a Lemony Snicket title so seamlessly with the original tone and telling of the original Grimm fairy tales And not the sweet tales either This is a book that isn t afraid to get to the root of a good story The fact that it unearths some of the frightening ones along the way just happens to be a bonus.We all know some of the better known Grimm fairy tales out there like Rapunzel or Cinderella Heck, we probably even know some of their original story elements chopping of heels and toes, getting blinded by thorns, etc The Grimm tales were just that Grim Now imagine finding yourself living them Prince Hansel and Princess Gretel are born in one lesser known Grimm fairy tales, Faithful Johannes and when they discover that their mom and dad are potentially unhinged they set off to make their way in the world and find some decent parents In doing so they wander through a series of little known tales like The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs and The Seven Ravens Unfortunately, while doing so they have a tendency to lose digits, lose their humanity, lose their lives almost , and find that sometimes the fastest way to end your travels to go back to where you started There are times in a children s librarian s life when it is very useful to own the third edition of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm as translated by Jack Zipes who, by the way, blurbed this book You just never know when you might need such a book In this particular case I decided to inspect the stories Gidwitz appropriated to see exactly how closely they adhered to the originals I was not disappointed Faithful Johannes Dead on, including the whole kidnapping the mom bit The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs At points, nearly word for word He s often faithful, but sometimes I wondered if Gidwitz was calling upon versions of tales even older than the Grimm s The fact that the witch in the story Hansel and Gretel isn t a witch at all but a baker feels like an earlier version of the story I began to wish that Gidwitz would mention what his sources were when writing this tale Because even if the baker idea was his own, it feels incredibly authentic.Gidwitz, I should note, may seem to be adapting the Grimm tales in all their full gore, but he does make a couple alterations here and there There are the obvious changes that have to be there for one tale to meld into another The seven ravens are changed to the seven swallows since there are already three ravens of vast importance in this book, and any would get confusing And then there are the original elements that still aren t quite appropriate for a middle grade novel For example, in A Tale Dark and Grimm Johannes is instructed to bite the queen s lip In the original story, it s her right breast Ew A good change then.I was most intrigued when Gidwitz was at his most original The story Brother and Sister seemingly has little to do with the original tale except that a boy and a girl are living on their own in a forest and the brother is turned into a wild beast The story A Smile As Red As Blood seems closest to The Robber Bridegroom , complete with the telltale finger It might be mixed with another story as well, though The detail about killing warlocks by boiling them in oil with poisonous snakes felt a little too authentic After reading for a while, you begin to find you cannot separate Gidwitz s writing from that of the Grimms At the beginning of the book they are distinct and separate The Grimms are almost word for word and Gidwitz just throws in a little snarky commentary Then as the book progresses, and of Gidwitz seeps in so that by the end it s impossible to say what is and isn t authentic Grimm Gidwitz s technique will probably encourage kids to locate their own original Grimm tales I recommend they lay their hands on Grimm s Grimmest complete with beautifully bloody illustrations by Tracy Dockray best known for re illustrating the Ramona books.As for the violence, you can t say Gidwitz doesn t warn you Indeed, before every gross, disgusting, or horrific passage all authentically Grimm he is careful to tell the reader things like, Warning this next bit is kind of gross and No little children around, right These stories have been around since long before the Grimms collected them during the early 19th century Kids loved em in the past and from what I hear, kids today just eat this newest book up as well The gore doesn t get to them It s the parents who can t take it For a certain kind of child, this book will be the answer to their painless, bloodless, suburban lives They ll get sucked into this book early on and keep reading and reading until before they know it they ve just finished a story with great writing and a bold theme And when you talk it up to them you need only say one thing This book makes Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark look like pat a cake nursery rhymes One does wonder if the narrator in this book isn t a bit on the nose too often, though The idea is to show not tell, but Gidwitz indulges in a fair amount of telling His narrator is prone to saying things like, Parents are supposed to help their children to grow wise and healthy and strong, and Once Upon a Time, no grown up was perfect You, my dear reader, have certainly learned that by now He s than intrusive He s telling you the point of some of these tales, and adding observations of his own along the way Some folks will be driven batty by this technique Yet for me, the technique was so obvious from the start that I accepted it I didn t mind being told what one thing might mean or another When you re dealing with tales as upfront and brassy as the Grimm tales, a little contemporary commentary is than welcome This is a book for kids, after all.Like a lot of middle grade novels out this year Cosmic, One Crazy Summer, etc , A Tale Dark and Grimm is about parents and parenting Says the narrator at one point, It will happen to you, Dear Reader, at some point in your life You will face a moment very much like the one Hansel and Gretel are facing right now In this moment, you will look at your parents and realize that no matter what it sounds like they are saying they are actually asking you for forgiveness What is forgiveness, for that matter How do you forgive people when they ve done terrible things to you Is there a point where you can let go, and is there harm in holding on to your anger And how on earth do you take seven or incredibly violent Grimm fairy tales and turn them into a meaningful story about finding home, finding yourself, and finding what it means to be forgiving That Gidwitz attempted it in the first place is bizarre That he succeeds is baffling The good kind of baffling With enough blood and guts to satisfy even the most craven of readers, this is the rare horror tale for kids that also happens to have a lot of literary merit as well The combination crops up in young adult literature all the time, but not so much on the kid side of things Such books are rarities This book, a gem A new idea for some very old literature For ages 9 12. This was an awesome re imagining of Hansel and Gretel I can t wait to try the other two Dark Tales 4 Stars I actually finished this last week but am just now getting to this review I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend it It s quirky, different, self aware, gruesome, but also silly There was one portion of Hansel s story that I found to be a bit out of place, and sometimes the narrator would be a bit annoying with his repetition of that s the end of the story etc etc Regardless, this was still really enjoyable I recommend it to those who was something simultaneously grim and silly and to those of you who really like the grimm brothers fairy tales. To see this review and others please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comI have a thing for fairy tales, especially Hansel and Gretel So when I saw A Tale Dark and Grimm at the library a few weeks ago, I couldn t hesitate I needed to read this book Firstly, I thought the story was incredibly creative It s like the classic Hansel and Gretel except in addition to the witch, they deal with many other scary beings and they move through different fairy tales They decide they must choose their own fate and they re trying to locate caretakers that aren t dangerous and brutal toward them In a nutshell, they re trying to stay alive In between certain tales and sections we have a narrator that lightens the mood and warns before something violent is about to happen I liked that, but at times it was also distracting.Secondly, is this seriously Juvenile Fiction for 3rd grade It seems way to gruesome for 3rd graders to be reading, but in a way the story is fairly simple which makes me have a love hate relationship with it as far as the reading level I would put this into the 5 6th grade level, but not 3rd grade and that s based solely on the content The author is covering Grimm s fairy tales here with added twists and I don t necessarily feel that readers should be spared on the details, but maybe this should be listed for an older audience It s fairly sadistic at times I d say for younger readers it s best to read with an adult.Overall rating on this one is 4 This debut YA novel is getting a lot of well deserved attention Gidwitz manages to balance the grisly violence of the original Grimms fairy tales with a wonderful sense of humor and narrative voice, somewhat reminiscent of Lemony Snicket s take on the penny dreadful, but also completely fresh and unique Gidwitz weaves the fairy tales together into a single narrative featuring Hansel and Gretel, and does it so well you ll be wondering if this was the way the stories were meant to be told back in the old days Check it out