Thursday, April 15, 2021

#tbt: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Illustrated by Hugh D'Andrade. 288 p. Dutton/ Penguin Young Readers, October, 2010. 

#tbt features A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Fairy tales have been watered down over the years, especially by Disney. The folklore was passed from village to village, generation to generation in the oral tradition - a way of entertaining and perhaps warning. They were scary and often gruesome stories! Adam Gidwitz returned to that tradition in his hair-raising debut. Hansel and Gretel are wandering the woods in search of nicer parents after their father, the king tried to behead them. Wait, what? That's not the story I heard. Mr. Gidwitz delightfully fractures multiple fairy tales in the siblings' adventure through the dark woods.

A Tale Dark and Grimm was published in October of 2010 and received multiple honors, such as being named an E.B. White Honor as well as a New York Times Editor's Choice. That book was followed by two sequels, In a Glass Grimmly and The Grimm Conclusion. The inspiration for the book arose from the stories Mr. Gidwitz told his students while working as a teacher in a NYC school.

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