A Tale Dark & Grimm
Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Group, 2010
Yet another version of fairy tales and children’s stories we know from childhood, written specifically with the younger middle schoolers in mind. The main characters, Hansel and Gretel wander through various fairy tales making them their own.
I will say right up front that I didn’t like the book. I didn’t even finish the book. I got barely half-way through when I called it quits. The author did warn me – that it was not your average fairy tale and that there would be a lot of blood and gore! And he is right – in fact the book is written with a bent toward blood and gore (Hansel and Gretel get their heads cut off, put back on and later Gretel cuts her finger off to open a door to free some birds – I’m quite sure there is more but I just couldn’t take it). Which is fine for those who play those crazy video games where people and animals get blown up and come back to life – it’s kind of like that. The author actually relishes telling the gory parts of the story, which, maybe if I were a 10-13 year old boy I would probably relish reading it. As it is I didn’t (relish reading it) and decided not to even finish it. Besides, I have a Fannie Flagg book waiting for me.
Rating: no paws because I didn’t finish it!