A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Once upon a time there were a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel. You may think that you know the story of the two siblings and their adventures in the dark woods. This is the real story in all its gory details. Beware, dear reader. Those details are bloody indeed!
Peppered with asides and notes from the narrator, Hansel and Gretel travel through stories both familiar and unknown. Decapitation. Burning alive. Cutting off one’s own finger. Cannibalism. These gruesome deeds and more await the reader. Open the pages and begin…if you dare.
The narrator’s remarks are great. There is humor in the warnings. I love that he suggests sending young children out of the room before reading some of the more gory parts of the story, which he also claims to be the awesome parts.
For years I have been fascinated by the changes made to Grimm’s fairy tales in attempt to “sanitize” the stories for younger audiences as to what is appropriate for various ages has altered over time. This book keeps doesn’t necessarily rewrite those stories, but rather attempts to retain their original creepiness.