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Publisher's Summary

Adam Gidwitz makes a sparkling debut with a work that children are sure to request again and again. Not content within the confines of their own tale, Hansel and Gretel skip out on their story and jump into eight other classic Grimm fairy tales. But all is not sugarplums and candy houses. Danger lies ahead, and Hansel and Gretel have much to learn about avoiding witches’ ovens and making sure “The End” isn’t their end.
©2010 Adam Gidwitz (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By EmilyK on 05-28-13

Funny retelling of Grimm's tales

My 11 year old loved the humor and fast pace of this book. Johnny Heller's narration was his usual outstanding work; he's well-suited to funny books.

As the parent, I found this an enjoyable listen, but not as compelling as some -- certainly not one I would have finished on my own.

I would not recommend this for a particularly young and sensitive or squeamish child. Although there was nothing problematic for us, my son delighted in telling people that Goldilocks was impaled on a church steeple, or some such. In another episode, parents sacrifice their children. One of the recurring themes was how adults -- and especially parents -- are useless at best, and are usually harmful to their children. Although this is a common theme in children's literature (are there any children's books with good and present parents?) the direct and repeated statement of this proposition would make me shy away from it for a little one, especially coupled with the occasional gore.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 11-13-12

Scary, Spooky Fun!

What made the experience of listening to A Tale Dark and Grimm the most enjoyable?

The narrarator made the story come alive! It was like listening to a family member tell a spooky story around a campfire. My nine year old daughter laughed out loud, was incredibly grossed out and very much entertained. She couldn't wait for the long ride home from school so that we could listen to more of the story!

What other book might you compare A Tale Dark and Grimm to and why?

It was a little bit like Harry Potter meets fairy tales gone bad. Very entertaining!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene that was our favorite was how Gretel opened the secret door to the mountain.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We would have loved to!!!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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