A Tale Dark and Grimm

A Tale Dark and Grimm

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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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 149 x 216 x 25mm | 391g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0525423346
  • 9780525423348
  • 343,873

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Accolades for A Tale Dark & Grimm:
* New York Times bestseller
* Selection on the Today Show's Al's Book Club for Kids
* NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Selection
* An E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book
* New York Times Editors' Choice pick
* Publishers Weekly Flying Start
* School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
* ALA Notable Book

"Unlike any children's book I've ever read . . . [it] holds up to multiple re-readings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be."-New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous reworking of old stories that manages to be fresh, frightening, funny, and humane."-Wall Street Journal

Accolades for In a Glass Grimmly:
* New York Times bestseller
* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012
* A School Librry Journal Best Book of 2012

"Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm."-School Library Journal, starred review

"Compulsively readable."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once, with tons of kid appeal."-The Horn Book

"Adam Gidwitz leads us into creepy forests, gruesome deeds, terrible monsters, and-far worse-the dark places of the human heart. It's horrible . . . and I LOVED it!"-Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami
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About Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time-which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in them not only happened in the real fairy tales...it all also happened to him. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz
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Rating details

22,604 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 41% (9,246)
4 33% (7,563)
3 19% (4,278)
2 5% (1,109)
1 2% (408)

Our customer reviews

I love hearing the original Brothers Grimm stories and how awful and gruesome they were. It just amuses me that they were made to be so squeaky clean after a time. This book takes from some of the original tales and morphs them together in a new take on Hansel and Gretel. The author has a presence in the book as well, giving us reminders that the little kids that scare should be removed from the room at certain points of time. This just adds to the charm since these are the kids that the book is aimed at. While there is more gruesome talk featured in this story than is in most books directed at kids aged 9-12, it isn't over the top or overly detailed. It simply states the facts of what happened and tells you that they were covered in blood, no lingering for effect. It is a great read for reluctant readers, as the chapters are divided up quite well and feel quick to read. It is for both boys and girls, and anyone who has ever questioned how easy those "once upon a time" tales really have it. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.show more
by Jessica
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