- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 20mm | 141g
- Publication date: 1 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140624325
- ISBN 13: 9780140624328
- Illustrations note: Illustr.
- Sales rank: 20,287
Merry, dark or magical, these classic tales never fail to inspire and enthrall. From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected a treasury of entrancing folk and fairy stories full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, magic beasts and cunning boys. From favourites such as "The Frog-Prince" and "Hansel and Gretel" to the delights of "Ashputtel" or "Old Sultan", all are vivid with timeless mystery.
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By Terri L Wilcox 02 Jul 2012
The Grimm's brothers have been entertaining both young and old with tales of romance, humour, greed, revenge and melancholy for centuries now, this book is a perfect starting point. I must also warn that these are not the sweet interpretations of fairy tales; the Grimm's created some pretty morbid stories, forget the Disney Interpretations, fairy tales are not just for children!
For the price of this book it is fantastic, it includes 54 of their most known stories including; Hansel and Grettle, The elves and the shoemaker, frog prince and Rumple-Stilts-skin to name a few. The sturdy paperback is a handy size (perfect for travelling) and has good sized print and some lovely classic illustrations. A short introduction about the Grimm's brothers is also included.
The cover of the book however could come across as quite deceiving. The cover shows an illustration of Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red-Cap) however the book itself does not contain the story. It also leaves out other well loved stories such as Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose).
Overall for the price of this book you cannot complain, it is a lovely handy sized copy of which both children and adults could enjoy, with short stories perfect for keeping children entertained for a few minutes at a time.