December 18th, 2012 by Karen
You know how some books have warnings about being especially tragic or particularly terrifying, but that’s really just a funny part of the book and it turns out to be an exaggeration? Well, I’m here to tell you that you should NOT ignore the warnings in A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.
The book tells the untold story of Hansel and Gretel. Some parts will be familiar to you, but there’s apparently WAY more to their adventures than you’ve ever guessed.
Right from the start, the narrator says: “Grimm’s stories — the ones that weren’t changed for little kids — aren’t cute at all. They’re violent and they’re bloody. … So if such things bother you, we should probably stop right now. The land of Grimm can be a harrowing place…”
Well, I just thought that warning was kinda humorous and charming — and then BAM: heads get chopped off, sinners get tortured in Hell, young girls are imprisoned as birds, a main character loses a finger… I’m not joking; it’s truly gory stuff.
And normally, I absolutely cannot handle that kind of grossness, and I could barely get through it here. But I am so, so glad that I did. Because A Tale Dark and Grimm is about so much more than just a dark and grimm journey; it’s also about family and loyalty and forgiveness (both of others and of yourself). Of course, it’s also a fascinating and exciting and twisted story that will keep you guessing!
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