Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Malletts Youth, Traverwood Youth
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
I read Grimm's Fairy Tales and I really loved comparing the originals to the versions in this book! The author does a great job of fitting Hansel and Gretel's adventures into stories such as the Seven Swallows, The Devil's Three Golden Hairs, etc... You can even read this book aloud to kids as long as you heed the author's warnings about when to stop reading :)
I probably would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 8 but, I really liked this book. It is pretty violent and there is lots of blood. The reason I liked this book was because since it was so gory you always wondered what would happen next. It was very suspenseful. Overall I thought it was pretty great!!
This book and the other one by the same author are great fun. They are even better when you read them to your kids aloud, the blood and gore is minimal but the change of voice and wit involved is priceless. I have read this out loud to my kids twice and now I am writing this review and one of them saw me and wants me to request it again. Get it, after I check it out and bring it back, it is great. Unless you are trying to shelter your kids from the realities of fairy tale life and the violence inherent in tales meant to scare the crap out of kids so they listen to their parents and don't make bad decisions.
This young adult book is a good retelling of several Grimm fairy tales combined into one narrative. The book is quite self-aware (perhaps overly so) of how gory it is. This is not a PG book, or even PG-13. The interjections of the storyteller are informative and offer interesting interpretive points, though somewhat overdone, and the story itself is compelling and has an air of authenticity.