Book: A Tale Dark and Grimm
Author: Adam Gidwitz
Gidwitz weaves together many of the Grimm Brothers’ gruesome fairy tales, with Hansel and Gretel as the main characters throughout. Funny and poignant, the two children are on a quest to find some decent adults who don’t want to mutilate them, bake them, steal their souls, or send them to Hell. Unfortunately, they have a hard time finding trustworthy grown-ups. As a result, the children grow brave and resilient on their own; when they return home, they are able to do the hardest thing of all and confront their parents about their traumatic past. A fantastic tale, and a reminder that older does not always mean wiser.
Note: This book contains fantastical, fairytale violence. Adults are typically violent or dim-witted. The children are smart, cunning, and empowered!
Sequels: In a Glass Grimmly and The Grimm Conclusion
Reviewer: Miss Courtney