A Tale Dark & Grimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Paperback - 2011
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Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2011, c2010.
ISBN: 9780545391160
Characteristics: 256 pages ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Tale dark and Grimm

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RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

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LadyKatka
Jul 25, 2016

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Mar 11, 2016

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jfournier
Jul 06, 2015

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clouddragonfist
Apr 19, 2015

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evro66
Mar 02, 2015

evro66 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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YES_4
Mar 02, 2015

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ZhangDelia
Sep 30, 2014

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Sep 27, 2014

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orange_llama_57 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 8

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jadynenoelle
Jan 06, 2017

I found this book on The Lettered Classroom's youtube, and I enjoyed it. I'm more into realistic fiction, but if I had to choose a book to use in my future classroom to teach fairy tales, I'd probably pick this book. It was detailed, and I think that most upper elementary/ middle school students would enjoy this book.

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LadyKatka
Jul 25, 2016

Simply put, this book is fantastic. Great for veteran lovers of fairy tales, and also children who may not know the very old classics. The great thing about this book is that you do not have to be familiar with the original Grimm fairytales in order to enjoy this book, but if you are so much the better.

The narrator is funny and fabulous. His sarcastic humour was something I really enjoyed, and wished more books had. It also helped give a lighter moment or two in what can be quite a gruesome story.

That being said, this book will not give (most) children nightmares. It is ghastly and gruesome enough to keep it interesting and page turning, not enough to be truly terrifying.

Can't wait to read the next one.

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fantasybkaddict
Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog!
https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/a-tale-dark-and-grimm-by-adam-gidwitz/

This is a great fairy tale retelling and a lot different than other ones I have read or heard about. If you adore fairy tales than you must pick up this book and give it a try because I am sure you will love it. I caution parents to read this book ahead of time to see if it would be appropriate for your child to read on their own, otherwise I suggest reading this story with them. It may be a little too scary/gory for very young readers. I believe that anyone 10 and older could probably handle the book. Its a great story and I can’t wait to read others written by this author.

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HRCK0
Mar 20, 2016

This is the clear example of destroying the children's moral and normal thinking! Also, this is what "some" organisations (ex. Masons) want children to think about all the time, or also is called the NWO! When I heard that my little brother is reading this, and that he got sick of it, I asked him why. I got plenty of answers that I was shocked with. This is a book only for adults or not even for them!

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SashaE
Feb 27, 2016

I bought this book at a used book-sale, As for I loved Grimm fairy tails (Yay!) And this book was very interesting, Sad, And the narrator made me laugh, Wish he'd write more versions of these Grimm tales, This is one of the books I re-read and love to read! And for me this was a book a few levels below what I read, And I LOVED it. (Go Grimm!)

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 10-12. True to its title, this brilliant adaptation of eight Grimm’s stories, which takes Hansel and Gretel through several dark situations on their way to taking charge of their own destinies, is not for the faint of heart. A snarky narrator gives fair warning of the scariest parts, and the whole is leavened with humour and compassion.

staceyb123 Sep 26, 2015

Read this book with my 7 year old son. The teacher told me he had problems remembering what he read. I think he enjoyed this story because he had no problem recapping this book in order!!

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jfournier
Jul 06, 2015

I loved this book and flew right through it. Adam Gidwtz recreated a wonderful version of Hansel and Gretel. Loved the Narrator addition.

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clouddragonfist
Apr 19, 2015

a pretty good book though the basic idea is to cut off peoples heads. why i wonder?

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evro66
Mar 02, 2015

my children (14 and 11 y.o.) and I just LOVED this series. Great books to read aloud at bed time. Too bad there are only three books. I love this author - his commentary through the books sound so much in my personal style, my 11 y.o. wondered several times whether it was me commenting or the author.
library should buy more books like these ones - my children adore scary stories, even if they never find them really scary.

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violet_cat_5387
Jul 21, 2015

This book follows the story of Hansel and Gretel before and after the story most people know. It includes the candy house and witch, but there is much more! Unlike the fairy tale that is known so well, there are some bloody parts that will make your stomach turn. For example: Hansel and Gretel getting their heads cut off by their own parents!

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white_fox_215
Jun 30, 2015

Two royal siblings, Hansel and Gretel, stranded in the middle of no were. They ran away from home because they were in a place were they felt they weren't respected. Now they are wandering around the earth going were they think they will be respected and live a nice life. House to house, wood to wood, " is there any good place in this gigantic world!" They wonder. With great wisdom, courage, and a little bit of help, Hansel and Gretel find there way home were a dragon has been destroying there village. Will Hansel and Gretel be able to defeat the dragon and find the right home? Or will they let there village down and continue looking for a home stranded in dander. Read the book to find out, you wont regret it.

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joycemas
Jul 07, 2014

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 08, 2013

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.

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Violet_Wombat_2
Dec 15, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 08, 2013

“… Once Upon a Time, no grown-up was perfect. You, my dear reader, have certainly learned that by now.”

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