Book Spotlight on A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz


A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Series: A Tale Dark and Grimm #1

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (October 28, 2010)

Genre: Fairy tale/horror

Source: Sample from publisher via Edelweiss

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Adam Gidwitz grew up in Baltimore. Now he lives in Brooklyn and teaches
kids large and slightly less large at Saint Ann’s School. Adam only
writes about what he’s experienced personally. So, while all of the
strange, hilarious, and frightening things in A TALE DARK AND GRIMM
really did happen to Hansel and Gretel, they also happened to Adam. Of
course, if you’ve ever had a childhood, they’ve probably happened to
you, too.

My Thoughts on the Sample:

I only read a short sample of this book that I downloaded from
Edelweiss. From what I could tell from the sample, it is a well written
and engaging story that will suck young readers into its pages. The
narrator is forthright about the book containing lots of blood and
violence, but there wasn’t any in the short sample I read. If I had had access
to the whole book, I would have gladly read the rest of it.

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