Monday, June 6, 2011

A Tale Dark and Grimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Gidwitz does such an incredible job of creating an addendum to Grimm's Hansel and Gretel, you will find yourself finishing this book in a sitting. He carefully warns you in the beginning, "But don't worry. This story is like no story you've ever heard. You see, Hansel and Gretel don't just show up at the end of this story. They show up. And then they get their heads cut off. Just thought you'd like to know." He has this sort of dialogue with the reader throughout the book. A Tale Dark & Grimm not only has Hansel and Gretel losing their heads, a kidnapping, brothers being turned into swallows, a faithful servant turned into stone, a severed finger... Well I could go on, but I don't want to ruin it. Kids in upper elementary will LOVE this book. Another five star book!

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