“A Tale Dark & Grimm” by Adam Gidwitz

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January 16, 2014 by dangemeinhart

Tale Dark & GrimmAR:  4.6

Lexile:  690

Pages:  249

Genres:  Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Magic, Series

Just try, dear reader, just try to imagine this: you are Gretel (or Hansel…this book is about both), and your father has decided that he must cut off your head in order to bring his old friend back to life.  And, of course, he cuts off your brother’s head, too.  And that, believe it or not, is only the beginning of an adventure that gets even darker and grimmer and bloodier as you and your sibling battle evil, dragons, monsters and the very Devil himself in order to stay together and stay alive.

Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark & Grimm, has done a truly remarkable job of building a world and telling a story that will grab hold of you like a wolf and not let go until it’s done.  He weaves in elements from a whole world of folklore and fairy tales, spinning the different threads of story into one rollicking yarn that is really unlike any I’ve ever read.   There is plenty of magic, buckets of blood, loads of adventure, and enough fun to fill an entire book of fairy tales.

Dragons!  Beheadings!  Barrels of wine!  Ravens!  Stolen souls!

I read a lot of books – a lot of great books – and A Tale Dark & Grimm was my favorite book of the whole year.  I was turning the pages as fast as I could read them.  It’s funny, scary, sad, tragic, exciting – in other words, it’s just about everything.  It’s perfect.  And, without a doubt, it is an absolutely bestest book.  One of the bestestest.


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