A Tale Dark And Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

There’s a tropical storm starting to come through New Orleans and it’s stormy and windy. And I just finished my first RIP read, A Tale Dark and Grimm. Seriously…could the first book of RIP HAVE a better title? I think not. And it was perfectly creepy…the kind of book that brought me back to those eerie childhood October days that I loved so very much. When I made tissue ghosts with my sister and decorated our house in black and orange crepe paper.

No, this is not specifically a Halloween story, but it has that wonderful feel to it. And how could it fail? It took the stories of the Brothers Grimm and manipulated them into one fantastic tale. Specifically it tells the story of Hansel and Gretel. But it tells it like you’ve never heard it before. Yes, there’s the story of the old witch and the oven, but Gidwitz continues Hansel and Gretel’s tale by placing them in other Grimm tales making it one complete story.

What I loved about this, is that it’s obviously a book written for children, but he doesn’t disrespect children and pain the “new versions” of the Grimm tales. Instead, he tells them as they were originally written with all of the horrible things that happen…because sometimes horrible things happen in life. And he guides you along the way by stepping out of the story occasionally and offering his own commentary and his own thoughts on what’s to come.

While it is indeed a spooky read, it’s also fun. He throws in lots of adventure and horror and quite a bit of humor along the way too. And I must say that Gidwitz told a story that just made me all warm and fuzzy inside (what does that say about me? :p) with the excitement of fall upon us.

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13 Responses

  1. it says you are surely my son! lol

    I am glad you are remembering to list books on the rip list!

    mostly I hope you don’t float away in the amount of rain you are to get this weekend!! even our florida weatherman continues to talk about almost nothing else but how much rais N.O will get! stay safe and enjoy the next book!

  2. This sounds great — I would love to see how Hansel and Gretel do in other stories.

  3. Ooh and on the library hold list it goes!

  4. I had this out from the library earlier this year, but I never read it. I think I might request it again because it is a better read for this time of the year anyway.

  5. Ooooh, this definitely sounds like one I *must* read!!! I suspect I will love it to pieces!

  6. Ooh, sounds like a fun read. *tries to avoid putting it on the wishlist*

    *fails* 😉

  7. This sounds like something I’ll have to request from the library. (: I love the Grimm fairy tales. And a great pick for the R.I.P. challenge!

  8. Ooh this sounds like so much fun! And I just love the name and the cover design! There, now it’s at the top of my TBR list. Hope you enjoy the rest of the books for the R.I.P. Challenge just as much!

  9. This is why I keep Goodreads open on one tab while I read RIP entries–so I can add all the interesting-sounding books to my To Read list! This sounds perfect for Halloween-time. I grew up with the Grimm Bros. versions of fairy tales myself, so I’m glad to hear this book keeps to that tradition. Thanks for bringing this to my attention by reviewing it for RIP!

  10. The cover and the title make me think of the Chris Priestley Tales of Terror books and it sounds great. So glad you got to read it on a dark and stormy day/night. How perfect is that?

    Sounds too good to pass up. I’ve went ahead and placed a hold on it at the library. Thanks Chris!

  11. I just put this on hold at the library! It sounds like one that can’t be missed.

  12. I’m so glad you read this one!!! I read it twice last year and just loved it both times. It’s such a great little book!!! And it definitely made me want to read some original grimm so I could “find” all the stories from this one.

  13. hmm, the cover reminds me of John Connolly’s covers, looks like fun!

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