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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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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 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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  • Tracy
  • Enfield, CT, United States
  • 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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My kids LOVED this. I was addicted as well.

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.

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  • J
  • 08-30-16

Very engaging!

We could not stop listening! Every free moment was focused on this story! Loved it!

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lovely book

lovely description. capitivating. made made me want to read more. got right to the point with just enough insight a life lessons.

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Great story but too dark in some parts

This book, gave a whole new type of fairy tales and a better kind. It started getting me more interested in fairy tales like these and made me start reading them. However, the book took it too far in some parts. This made the book a bit uncomfortable for me to read, because it wasn’t a normal fairy tale.
Johnny Heller made the book interesting to listen to. He always knew when to use the right tone at the right time. However all the characters voices were all similar to each other. Also, his voice started to get nagging and annoying by the third hour.

Overall, the book is a good one but it crossed the line sometimes. The voice was good but soon got annoying.

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Creepy cool gruesome I love it!

This book is amazing because it’s a whole different story than I could have ever imagined I love it!

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Clever, Charming, and Amusing

I read this book when it was first published, back in my middle school teaching days, and I really enjoyed it. When I saw the entire trilogy was on sale with Audible, I decided to pick them all up and listen again, this time reading the entire series.

This book was clever, charming, and funny, just as I remembered it. It's also filled with some blood and gore and dangerous situations, but it's all told in a way that would still be readable for late elementary or upper middle school, especially considering the approach and tone. In fact, I think my nephew will love this book. He's at that perfect age for understanding the sarcasm and humor in this book.

I like it a lot, and while I think it would be fun for adults to read with the kids in their lives, it's also just fun for adults.

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Amazing

loved the book. hilarious narration and i couldnt stop listening to it. highly reccomend this book

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wow! great book and narrator

the narrator was great. did voices and didn't sounds boring or even that he was reading it. great story too.