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A Tale Dark and Grimm | [Adam Gidwitz]

A Tale Dark and Grimm

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.
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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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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-07-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Not a story for children"
    Where does A Tale Dark and Grimm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story. different and very interesting, kept me hooked.


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

    This was an original. Can't say I've ever heard anything quite like this


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    Both Hansel and Gretel, two very tough kids. I loved all of the characters performed. He reminded me of Billy Crystal in "The Princess Bride"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hansel and Gretel Go to the Darkside


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, but it was definitely NOT for the kiddies. Very Gory. Parents behead their children, Cannabilistic grannies. Murderous Vampires! It gets pretty rough. Not even sure why this was in the children's section.

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "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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    Tracy Enfield, CT, United States 11-13-12
    Tracy Enfield, CT, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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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    Jennifer and Philip Elwyn Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-11
    Jennifer and Philip Elwyn Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-11
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    Enjoyed the fairytale being embelished to tell more about Hansel and Gretel. Good voice talent, which I think can make or break an audio book!

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