Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: A Tale Dark and Grimm

So, instead of working on scholarship essays or getting much needed sleep (doubles have been awful) here I am to type up a MUCH BELATED review. Well, a couple, actually.

I have a slew of posts written up and ready to go for all of you.

It's just that time of year, guys. Holiday shenanigans make busy busy little bees of us all!

Oh, right. I forgot. I was supposed to tell you all my exciting news! Well, it's exciting to me at any rate. I am now the Youth Fiction Specialist at my local book seller. What does that mean? Well it means I get to spend a huge chunk of my day dealing with tons of books that I would LOVE to read. My TBR list just keeps growing.

I have currently promised myself to read a non-middle grade book next. So I've got my hands on "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness and "Wicked Widow" by Amanda Quick.

Anyway. Enough chit chat.

On to the review!

*"A Tale Dark and Grimm"*
*Clive Barker*
Title: A Tale Dark and Grimm
Adam Gidwitz
Middlegrade Fabletwist
  October 8, 2012

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

 Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating


4 out of five. Honestly I have to say that I was a WEE bit disappointed. Just like with "Grimm Legacy" I was really expecting a LOT from this book. I didn't get what I expected but I still REALLY enjoyed it. 

It was a great fable twist that included characters from numerous of the Grimm stories. The writer did manage to write up some rather shocking things and a lot (a lot) of characters died gruesome deaths, but not in an anymore fantastic way that what the brother's Grimm would have put together.

The author utilizes an interesting technique of talking to his audience throughout the book, as though he were a story teller, breaking right before the really gritty parts to let the little ones know it's time to leave the room.

There's nothing cute and cuddly about the main characters Hansel and Gretel. They are two children, afraid of their parents, who run away from home in search of perfect adults who will love them and do them no harm.

Hansel turns into a wolf, gets shot by a hunter, and skinned (though he lives and is just as good as new, no one freak out) and Gretel cuts off her own finger to free a group brother's from a crystal cave. Two of only numerous very shocking situations the two find themselves in.

Alright, it was good shock value, but the reason I have to give it a 4 instead of a 5  is because it could have been so much more than it was. There was room to make the book quite an epic, but I suppose that would have made it less of a middle-grade. All of the stories were short, sweet, and to the point. "They did this, then this, and this happened, the end" sort of thing.

As an adult reading this book there was definitely a lot more to be seen in regards to the psychology of the characters and the philosophy of each of the individual stories within stories.

Anyway. It was most certainly entertaining. A very quick read. I highly recommend it for the entertainment value, especially to those who are fond of the Grimm works.

Amazon: $6.99
Kindle: $6.99
Nook: $6.99

Alright then snowflakes, that's all for today!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. Hi Auggie! Great review! I'll have to check this one out! I'd like to send you a review/feature request, but for some reason your email link isn't working for me. Not sure why. Wondering if you could just email me at so I know where to send the request? Let me know. Thanks! Have a great weekend!

  2. thanks for sharing.