“A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm #1)” by Adam Gidwitz
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Stopped at ~25%?
I normally like fractured fairy tales but I couldn’t get into this one. It really seemed too juvenile for my taste. Far too many things were “awesome”.
I’ve said it before but I’m not a fan of the narrator talking to the reader. That was abundant in the book. Everything was too dark for young children and the narrator made sure to remind us of that frequently.
Hansel and Gretel were pretty bland. I know there isn’t much to the Grimm tales so I was hoping to see them fleshed out more.
The bottom line? Not for me.