Title: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Author: Adam Gidwitz
First published October 28, 2010
256 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780525423348 (ISBN10: 0525423346)
In Adam Gidwitz’s enchanting and wholly unique novel, A Tale Dark & Grimm, the classic story of Hansel and Gretel is turned on its head as the siblings venture beyond their own tale and into eight other Grimm-inspired stories. As they journey through a perilous forest teeming with treacherous foes, readers will discover the secrets behind the breadcrumbs, gingerbread houses, and cunning witches that have become the stuff of legend.
With a subversive and irreverent style, Hansel and Gretel take control of their own destinies and create a happily ever after all their own. This mischievous and delightful debut is not to be missed.
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Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm is a riveting read that marries the worlds of enchantment and terror with a touch of humor that provides a counterbalance to the gruesomeness of the tale. This book has captivated young readers and adults alike since its first publication on October 28, 2010.
As a book reviewer, I must say that the author has outdone himself with this work. Gidwitz, known for his Grimm-inspired literary works, provides a fresh take on the classic collection of fairytales.
A Tale Dark and Grimm’s genre defies definition, but readers should expect to dive into a world featuring a unique blend of inspired horror and adventure. The writing style is bold, energetic, and engaging, reminiscent of the style used in old-timey stories, with a twist of modernity that makes it timely and relatable.
The novel traces the journey of Hansel and Gretel as they navigate their way through a treacherous forest, filled with danger from blood-thirsty predators lurking in every shadow. Gidwitz borrows elements from the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales to create a story that surpasses its predecessor in storytelling and character development.
The protagonists in the story, Hansel and Gretel, are ordinary children who are burdened with extraordinary destinies. They are well-drawn and relatable, with clear motivations and emotional depth that allow the reader to connect with them on a personal level.
Gidwitz has done an excellent job of taking a classic tale and making it fresh and exciting. While the book is clearly meant to be enjoyed as a fun adventure story, Gidwitz seamlessly weaves in themes of bravery, sacrifice, and perseverance that make it more than just a fairy tale.
His clever blending of historical fact, cultural significance, and contemporary issues allow the reader to draw parallels that span across time and place. In terms of the book’s strengths, the pacing, structure, and tone are all excellent, capturing the reader from the first page and carrying them along the twisting and turning plot.
The writing is also top-notch, which helps to bring the story to life in an utterly captivating manner. However, one of the book’s flaws is that it may not be suitable for younger readers.
The story’s graphic acts of violence, with graphic descriptions that could be horrifying for children, may require parents and guardians to exercise caution. Likewise, some readers may find the descriptions too gruesome for their taste.
Overall, A Tale Dark and Grimm is a fantastic read that comes highly recommended for readers of all ages. The best way to enjoy the book is by immersing oneself in the story without expecting too much rationalization or explanation.
The book is a wonderful tribute to the timeless classic fairy tales, and it’s so much more than just a retelling. Adam Gidwitz is a master storyteller, and this work is a testament to his talent.
The book is easily a five-star rating, and I strongly recommend it to any who have not had the pleasure of reading it yet.