Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2010 book 273

Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm
In this retelling of some of the Grimm stories, Hansel and Gretel become our protagonists and all the other stories are woven into their own. Meanwhile, an unnamed narrator keeps warning the readers away from the stories if they don't think they can handle it (these interjections waver between funny and a little too much, but it's aimed at middle-graders and I think would work well for that age group). Anyway, Gidwitz does a good job of reworking these stories in an entertaining way, and Hansel and Gretel (mostly the latter) are likable and interesting characters. To sum up: a fun read. A-.

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