"Pullman's "Fairy Tales" offers something unique: the chance to watch a master storyteller think through these most foundational of tales. . . . It is fascinating." --"The New York Times"
"You didn't know you needed to reread Grimm. You do. This is a grand and great book. . . . I read it ravenously, rapturously." --Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked" and "Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation"
"Zippy! . . . These tales are about plot and economy and speed [and] make great bedtime read-alouds for children who can handle a little gore. . . . The original tales weren't for children, of course; they were for everyone. So is this book. . . . Pullman is both erudite and funny. . . . He has fun with dialogue, and is particularly snappy with dwarfs. . . . You know what? He crushes it, as the youth of today are wont to say. . . . His translations are perfection." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"It is such a pleasure to read these tales again, to experience their strangeness and richness, their violence and beauty, their sheer nonsense. . . . Reading Pullman's version it is impossible not to hear Pullman's own gentle voice; he is present on every page. . . . [His] interventions work brilliantly." --"The Boston Globe"
"These wonder tales . . . compel belief as powerfully as any adventure or thriller." --Marina Warner, "The Times Literary Supplement"
"Excellent . . . His beginnings are like invitations that cannot be refused. . . . Pullman shows how completely he understands the Grimms. . . . [He] pays homage to the Brothers' pioneer work and simultaneously breathes new life into a great, venerable tradition of magical storytelling." --Jack Zipes, "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"A real pleasure to read . . . This is the kind of writing that stands up to years of bedtime repetition. . . . The author's best appearances are in the notes, which are often as entertaining as the stories themselves. . . . Swiftness and clarity, he says, were his guiding principles; to which he has added wit and invention. . . . Beautiful or grotesque, the mad poetry of these tales is often delightfully funny too." --"The Economist"show more