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A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
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A Tale Dark and Grimm (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Adam Gidwitz (Author)

Series: Tales Dark & Grimm (1)

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Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.… (more)
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Title:A Tale Dark and Grimm
Authors:Adam Gidwitz (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (2010)

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    Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde (kaledrina)
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    Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales by Ellen Datlow (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Fans of fairy-tale adaptations that are a bit on the dark and twisted side will enjoy both of these books--but readers will want to know that A Tale Dark & Grimm gets downright gory at points.
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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Fairy tales come to life in these stories inspired by the Grimm Brother's creations. A Tale Dark and Grimm is much more intense and, at times gory, than the lighthearted and funny The Fairy-tale Detectives.
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    Fractured Fairy Tales by A. J. Jacobs (jacqueline065)
    jacqueline065: this good if you like twisted fairytales
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    The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan (kaledrina)
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    Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull (bibliovermis)
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A Tale Dark and Grimm is a fun retelling of several Brothers Grimm fairytales using Hansel and Gretel as main characters. As the children move through the story, they walk in and out of Grimm fairytales, some more known than others, and grow up along the way. Even though this book came out in 2010, it got an animated series on Netflix in 2021, so it is still relevant 10 years later. The fairytale elements in the story are great ELAR connections, and while this book is gory, it is written for young adults and middle grade students, so it would be a great addition to a classroom library. ( )
  Francesca_Fergason | Nov 18, 2021 |
I read this with my 12 year old son. We both agreed this was a 4 star read. It was an interesting fairytale retelling of Hansel and Gretel. This actually stays much closer to the real Grimm's fairytales than most being that it was very gruesome and gory. It really didn't hold anything back from beheadings to cutting off a finger to use as a key. I was really surprised that this was actually a middle grade story. I definitely would not recommend this book for very small children, but for older kids that might think that kind of stuff is cool and don't scare easily, then it would be ok for them. My son thinks that kind of stuff is awesome, but this won't be one of his favorite books of the year. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
This was like the Lewis Carroll/James Thurber/Neil Gaiman filter on unfiltered Grimm fairy tales. Now Terry Gilliam/Guillermo del Toro need to make it into a movie. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This was really funny and dramatic. I liked the twist on the story and how interesting the charachters were ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
I think this book would be good for higher elementary schoolers, (grades 3-5). This book goes into the deeper story of what really happened to Hansel and Gretel. They seek the truth of what really happened to their parents. They take a journey to find what they don't know. ( )
  EmilyMcDonald | Feb 21, 2021 |
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Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

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Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
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