If you think you know Grimm’s fairy tale stories, you’re wrong. Modern fairy tales have been sugar-coated and given happy endings, but Gidwitz tells you the real stories. First off, Hansel and Gretel are actually royal siblings, fleeing from their parents (after an unfortunate beheading event). Hoping to find a safer life, the pair weaves their way through the tales of other storybook characters, connecting the stories in new and unique ways. Be warned, though, these are not tales for the faint of heart. They’re not called “Grimm” for nothing.
So I LOVE fairy tales and fractured fairy tales, but this book was meh for me. Gidwitz has some interesting and entertaining retellings of the classic tales, so I enjoyed reading them, but I still found the piece to be overall boring. One thing that really annoyed me was how the author kept breaking in to talk to the reader. The first couple of times it happened was fine, but it because annoying quickly. However, you may love this book, so give it a shot if you’re a fan of fairy tales.
*SLJ Best Book of the Year, 2010
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