A Tale Dark & Grimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm

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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525423348
Branch Call Number: j398.20943 GID
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 15, 2020

A Tale Dark & Grimm, written by Adam Gidwitz, follows the story of two well-known characters, Hansel and Gretel. We follow them as they go through horrific and gory experiences and trek through story lands, hell, and icy mountaintops. They befriend witches, warlocks, the Devil, and even fight a dragon that has been terrorizing the land. This story is filled with twists, turns, and a witty narrator that add an odd positive ambiance to the dark brew of a story. I especially liked how the narrator breaks the fourth wall constantly. I loved this book and I usually suggest it, however, it is a dark comedy and very gory. I recommend this book to an age group of 12 and up for its nature

Jul 23, 2020

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, is a dark and gory portrayal of the tale of Hansel and Gretal. The story starts with Hansel and Gretal’s grandfather, who set out one rule for his son- Hansel and Gretal’s father- to follow. For him to not see the portrait of the Golden Lady. Of course, as most young people do, he does not listen, which allows Hansel and Gretal’s parents to meet. After some unfortunate events, the story launches into the story of the siblings, Hansel and Gretal, and their bloody and awesome adventures.

This is an awesome book. The actual story is amazing, and the brief, sarcastic interruptions of the author also help with the story. This book has the theme of family and forgiveness, and it explores these topics with characters like Faithful Jonas and, of course, Hansel and Gretal. I would recommend this book to third graders and older, however, there are pretty graphic descriptions of gory scenes, so I wouldn’t say this book is for the faint of heart. I really liked how the author used the story of Hansel and Gretal, and mixed it with many other stories from the Grimm Brothers to make one cohesive narrative about two siblings who go through trials and tribulations, while learning things about themselves. It really changed the way many readers-including myself- view fairy tales.

Jun 29, 2020

I LOVE THIS SERIES!! An incredible story about Hansel and Gretel and their "TRUE" adventure as the try to find a home. WARNING!!! Includes extreme scenes of fantasy violence and blood. 12+

Aug 02, 2019

Recommended as better writing than Colfer's Land of Stories

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 14, 2019

A humorous but slightly gruesome twist on Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Gidwitz mixes the style of Lemony Snickett (commenting directly to the reader, telling us that the next story is really too terrifying for children) and the formal language of the fairy tale, with a few modern twists. The author makes Hansel and Gretel the main characters of this novel and sends them zinging through stories like “Faithful Johannes,” “The Seven Swans” (here as “Seven Swallows”), “A Smile as Red as Blood” (a really gory one), and a few others, all blended together into one story taking place in the Kingdom of Grimm. Really well-written so it doesn’t feel gimmicky (except for a couple of the author interjections) and a quick, exciting read for 5th-8th grade. It may be especially fun for children hooked on the TV series “Once upon a Time.”

This does keep the violence of the original Grimm stories, not the cleaned up Disneyfied versions, so don’t be surprised.

This is definitely the best book ever!!!!!! It kept me interested throughout the book with dark and gory things and I liked that when the story was going on the author would also be talking, it made the story more interesting. I also liked that their were so many unique stories in this. The book was exciting and definitely gory, but it was a great book. If I could I’d rate it 💯 stars!!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jan 06, 2017

I found this book on The Lettered Classroom's youtube, and I enjoyed it. I'm more into realistic fiction, but if I had to choose a book to use in my future classroom to teach fairy tales, I'd probably pick this book. It was detailed, and I think that most upper elementary/ middle school students would enjoy this book.

Jul 25, 2016

Simply put, this book is fantastic. Great for veteran lovers of fairy tales, and also children who may not know the very old classics. The great thing about this book is that you do not have to be familiar with the original Grimm fairytales in order to enjoy this book, but if you are so much the better.

The narrator is funny and fabulous. His sarcastic humour was something I really enjoyed, and wished more books had. It also helped give a lighter moment or two in what can be quite a gruesome story.

That being said, this book will not give (most) children nightmares. It is ghastly and gruesome enough to keep it interesting and page turning, not enough to be truly terrifying.

Can't wait to read the next one.

Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog!

This is a great fairy tale retelling and a lot different than other ones I have read or heard about. If you adore fairy tales than you must pick up this book and give it a try because I am sure you will love it. I caution parents to read this book ahead of time to see if it would be appropriate for your child to read on their own, otherwise I suggest reading this story with them. It may be a little too scary/gory for very young readers. I believe that anyone 10 and older could probably handle the book. Its a great story and I can’t wait to read others written by this author.

Mar 20, 2016

This is the clear example of destroying the children's moral and normal thinking! Also, this is what "some" organisations (ex. Masons) want children to think about all the time, or also is called the NWO! When I heard that my little brother is reading this, and that he got sick of it, I asked him why. I got plenty of answers that I was shocked with. This is a book only for adults or not even for them!

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Jul 21, 2015

This book follows the story of Hansel and Gretel before and after the story most people know. It includes the candy house and witch, but there is much more! Unlike the fairy tale that is known so well, there are some bloody parts that will make your stomach turn. For example: Hansel and Gretel getting their heads cut off by their own parents!

Jun 30, 2015

Two royal siblings, Hansel and Gretel, stranded in the middle of no were. They ran away from home because they were in a place were they felt they weren't respected. Now they are wandering around the earth going were they think they will be respected and live a nice life. House to house, wood to wood, " is there any good place in this gigantic world!" They wonder. With great wisdom, courage, and a little bit of help, Hansel and Gretel find there way home were a dragon has been destroying there village. Will Hansel and Gretel be able to defeat the dragon and find the right home? Or will they let there village down and continue looking for a home stranded in dander. Read the book to find out, you wont regret it.

Jul 07, 2014

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.


We all know some of the better known Grimm fairy tales out there like “Rapunzel” or “Cinderella”. Heck, we probably even know some of their original story elements (chopping of heels and toes, getting blinded by thorns, etc.). The Grimm tales were just that. Grim. Now imagine finding yourself living them. Prince Hansel and Princess Gretel are born in one lesser known Grimm fairy tales, “Faithful Johannes” and when they discover that their mom and dad are potentially unhinged they set off to make their way in the world and find some decent parents. In doing so they wander through a series of little known tales like “The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs” and “The Seven Ravens”. Unfortunately, while doing so they have a tendency to lose digits, lose their humanity, lose their lives (almost), and find that sometimes the fastest way to end your travels to go back to where you started.


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Jun 29, 2020

Other: Peoples heads get chopped off a lot!

Jun 29, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Characters meet scary cannibals and witches

Jun 29, 2020

Violence: Lot's of bloody battle scenes

Dec 15, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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