Title: A Tale Dark and Grimm
Author: Adam Gidwitz
Released: October 28, 2010
Genre: Fantasy; Fairy tale re-telling
Source: Classroom library
Goodreads Summary: 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 was such a fun read. I loved how the Narrator talked to the reader, giving them warnings for what lay ahead. He warns:
“Are there any small children in the room? If so, it would be best if we just let them think this really is the end of the story and hurried them off to bed. Because this is when things start to get, well…awesome. But in a horrible, bloody kind of way.”
If this book was being used as a read aloud, I can guarantee all of the students in the class would be hooked! Also, the chapters are the perfect length for a read aloud in class.
The story follows Hansel and Gretel after they run away from their parents, the King and Queen. Along the way, they encounter a murderer, face what happens when one is greedy, fight a dragon, and attempt to outwit the devil.
“You see,to find the brightest wisdom one must pass through the darkest zones. And through the darkest zones there can be no guide.
No guide, that is, but courage.”
I’ve never read the original Grimm fairy tales, but this book made me want to check them out for myself!
P.S. A companion book, In a Glass Grimmly, following Jack and Jill will be out in September!
Recommend for: middle grade students who love adventure; middle-grade read aloud.