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.

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