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
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.
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.
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!
It was a little bit like Harry Potter meets fairy tales gone bad. Very entertaining!
The scene that was our favorite was how Gretel opened the secret door to the mountain.
We would have loved to!!!
This is a really great book which takes a novel approach to Grimm's fairy tales. My daughter (8 yrs old), who enjoys spooky stories, took to it like I've never seen her take to any book before.
My son (10 yrs old) who normally doesn't care for even slightly scary stories was also totally hooked.
And despite my best efforts to avoid getting into it, I have to admit I really liked it. My wife did too.
We all really liked it and I've already bought the sequel for us. The story is funny/creepy/exciting and the narration is perfect. Highly recommended.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
Great story. different and very interesting, kept me hooked.
This was an original. Can't say I've ever heard anything quite like this
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"
Hansel and Gretel Go to the Darkside
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.
Adam Gidwitz does a clever job of winding the famous characters Hansel and Gretel through a number of Grimms' lesser known fairy tales. Heller's narration and performance of the various voices is excellent and makes this a great audio read!
I was very surprised and entertained. Sometimes a different telling of an old story breathes just the right amount of life into it. It's a slow pace story but cleverly re-written and narrated.
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