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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

by Ron Koertge

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This was heavily cliched and trite. Really terrible writing at points. I'm disappointed. ( )
  librarycatnip | Jan 12, 2015 |
Koertge simultaneously updates some of our beloved fairy tales while bringing them back to the darker tones they had in the Grimms versions. These twenty-three tales are short poems in free verse that twist a tale and turn a phrase. There is humor as well. A former beast tells us "there's not much to do in Ever After. It's always sunny and 78." There are some that may feel this work is darkness for darkness sake and wish for a little more meat to these tales. For them, Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue might be a better fit (and more appropriate for a teen audience. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses is for mature teens and adults). However, for those that like their fairy tales to have teeth or like to see things from the villain or side character's point of view, this is a welcome addition to the dearth of fairy-tales retold. The cut paper art added by Andrea Dezso is amazing and perfectly matches the tone of the work. ( )
  MissyAnn | Jan 22, 2014 |
An updated version of some of the popular fairy tales are written in verse. A little on the bloody side and a few sexual suggestions, but otherwise not too bad. It will bring a chuckle to your lips. ( )
  bookladychris | Nov 21, 2013 |
A quick read, and definitely a dark one!

Koeterge tells familiar fairy tales from different characters' points of view, and things get a bit gruesome. Hand this to teens who loved A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Recommended. ( )
  kayceel | Sep 19, 2013 |
I picked this book up at the library because the cover caught my eye. This is a darkly fun and twisted set of poems covering a number of fairy and folktales. I enjoyed it and thought it was a quick and fun read.

This was an interesting, disturbing, and darkly humorous collection of poetry retellings of fairy/folk tales. Everything from Red Riding Hood to the Little Match Girl is covered in this mix.

The artwork throughout this book is stark black and white cut-outs which match the twisted and blunt style of the poetry well. Many of the poems are full of irony and unexpected twists. Some of the poems also have a bit of a modern twist to them; for example the Little Match girl sells CDs not matches on the street.

I found this in the young adult section of the library, which kind of surprised me. There is implied rape, incest, cannibalism, and all other types of violent and somewhat questionable content in here. None of it is explicit, but it’s there. So I would recommend for older young adults only.

Surprisingly this poetry does an excellent job of echoing the dark and grisly nature of the original Grimm fairy tales. The poetry also adds some humor and irony to the mix which makes it even more fun to read.

I love fairy tale retellings and ended up enjoying this collection a lot. It was a quick and amusing read and echoes the original Grimm Fairy Tales well.

Overall I enjoyed this. It is a great collection of humorous, twisted, and dark fairy tale retellings. The artwork is stark and matches the tone of the fairy tales well. I would recommend this to those who like fairy tales retellings that are dark, slightly disturbing, and a bit humorous. ( )
  krau0098 | Jul 22, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763644064, Hardcover)

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it’s like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine’s cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer
— he wants to whisper in your ear.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:33 -0400)

Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairy tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out match girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hood admits that she wanted to know what it is like to be swallowed whole, and Cinderella's stepsisters are duped.… (more)

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